Former NBA Player Rasual Butler and Wife Leah LaBelle Die in Car Crash

The pair died after a one-car crash in California.

Former NBA player Rasual Butler, 38, and his wife, Leah LaBelle, 31, died after their Range Rover crashed and flipped in Studio City, California in a one-car accident.

Police have said they believe he was going at least twice the speed limit, which was 35 mph on the street.

Rasual played for several NBA teams over the years, including the Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs.

His wife, Leah, was a contestant on American Idol in 2004 and had worked with Jermaine Dupri and Pharrell Williams.

Social media was set ablaze with remembrances of the two:

Dwyane Wade wrote, ‘Come on man. Damn. The world just lost a great dude.’

The LA Clippers tweeted: ‘The L.A. Clippers are deeply saddened by the loss of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. Rasual will long be remembered not only for his accomplishments on the court, but for his vibrant personality, positive outlook and the compassion he had for everyone around him.’

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