Yesterday was a somber day across the NBA and entertainment
world as news broke that former NBA star, Rasual Butler and his wife, American Idol star Leah LaBelle, were killed in a one car accident in Los Angeles early Tuesday morning.
The accident was reported at around 2:30am on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. The couple’s death was confirmed by one of Butler’s former NBA teams, the Miami Heat. Butler was drafted by the Heat in second round of the 2002 NBA Draft:
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of Rasual and Leah. They will be missed. pic.twitter.com/djezmpHd5h
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 31, 2018
Officer Mayorga of the LAPD says the car had struck several objects before finally crashing into the wall of a department store. It also suggested that the vehicle was speeding at the time of the accident.
Butler was not only an impactful NBA player but was loved dearly across the league. He scored more than 2,000 points at LaSalle University and was also named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team in his junior and senior seasons. His wife, Leah LaBelle was also a star who was signed to Epic Records, best known for her run on American Idol.
Praying for the both of their families.