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Former NBA Player Rasual Butler, 38 and Wife Leah LaBelle, 31 Killed in Car Crash

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Former NBA player Rasual Butler and R&B singer Leah LaBelle were killed in a single-vehicle crash Studio City, Los Angeles during the middle of the night, the L.A. County coroner’s office confirmed to ESPN.

 

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The 6-foot-7, Butler was drafted in 2002 by the Miami Heat. He first impressed scouts while playing college ball at La Salle University in Philadelphia.

Butler, averaged 7.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, played 13 seasons in the NBA for eight teams. He finished his career with the San Antonio Spurs.

LaBelle, 31, meanwhile, had a career as an R&B singer, finding her start on the third season of American Idol in 2003.

The R&B singer was a finalist in Season 3 of “American Idol” in 2004. The couple was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:35 a.m. after his Range Rover struck parking meters and a wall and rolled into a parking lot, the coroner’s office said.

Past and Present friends, organizations, and teammates took to social media to honor Butler and LaBelle’s lives.

 

 

 

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