Heartbreaking news coming out of Studio City, California…
Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, R&B singer Leah LaBelle, were killed in a single car crash early Wednesday morning.
38-year-old Butler — who was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002 — lost control of his Range Rover around 2 AM, struck a parking meter and slammed into a wall. The car flipped.
Officers believe the car was speeding before it lost control.
Butler had a long NBA career after an impressive run at La Salle — where he was a 2-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 Player. He’s a member of the La Salle Hall of Athletics.
He went on to play in the NBA until 2016 — with stints on the Hornets, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, Wizards and Spurs.
Butler most recently played in Ice Cube’s BIG3 league.
Butler’s wife Leah LaBelle was an R&B singer who was signed to Epic Records. She placed 12th on the 3rd Season of “American Idol” back in 2004.
Here’s a news report via NBC4:
At the beginning of the year, Rasual wrote this beautiful message to Leah:
I’ve always truly wholeheartedly loved and appreciated you @leahlabelle I sincerely strive to be pure our journey,striving to right my wrongs while moving forward progressing as partners, understanding one another better because of the time we’ve spent together 5 and half years. I’ve learned so many valuable and beautiful lessons as your partner. We’ve stood by each other in Times we literally needed one another.
It’s a beautiful thing and feeling when it’s the Love is pure! I appreciate everything I’ve been blessed to experience with you babe! It’s been more than worth it! You’re the salt of the earth, a true gift to the world and I pray you sooner than later have the opportunity to share your magnificent talent to the world, on the level you strive to and it be insanely more than you ever could imagine in your most perfect scenario and it be infinity times greater than that. Also getting your recognition while you’re here living from your fans, peers and the universe!
Continue to water your better parts and stop worrying so much about things, but care obviously and know you’re anointed and walk in it daily confidently manifesting your destiny continuously ALL DAY EVERYDAY! Just the way God wants for you as well as all your loved ones! Keep striving you’re destined for Greatness! I strive to be your perfect melody and voice tone on the perfect track of your 1st Grammy award, the sweetness of the feeling you get even reading that. I strive to be your Perfect Favorite song! ✌??
Heartbreaking. My prayers, thoughts and condolences to their families.
Rest in grace.