Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle, were killed in a single-car crash. According to KTLA, the accident occurred during the early morning hours in Studio City, Calif. Investigators said that the car Butler was driving struck a parking meter and hit a wall at about 60 mph to 90 mph.
Butler was driving a Land Rover down the 11000 block of Ventura Blvd. when he lost control of the car and hit the curb at the side of the road, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to NBC News. The car flipped twice and came to rest in a shopping center parking lot at approximately 2:25 a.m., police said. According to NBC Los Angeles, citing police, the car Butler was in was going two or three times over the speed limit.
Butler, 38, played 13 seasons in the NBA and proved to be solid scorer off the bench during his years with the Miami Heat. He played his final NBA season in 2016 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.
Butler’s wife, LaBelle, was also making a name for herself in music. She once appeared on “American Idol” and garnered attention from top producers and executives in the industry. She signed a joint deal with L.A. Reid’s Epic Records, Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def, and Pharrell Williams’ I Am Other.
Along with a 5-song sampler, she released the single “Sexify” in 2012 and “Lolita” in 2013. NBA players and individuals in the music industry have responded.