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Former NBA Player Rasual Butler And Wife Die In Car Crash

Former NBA forward 38-year-old Rasual Butler and his 31-year-old wife were killed January 31 when their speeding Range Rover crashed and flipped over.

Butler’s wife, Leah LaBelle, was a contestant on American Idol during the 2004 season.

According to TMZ, Butler crashed his Range Rover at 2am local time, while travelling near Studio City Los Angeles.

The Range Rover is believed to have hit a parking meter before crashing into a wall and flipping over.   

Los Angeles police have released a statement saying that they believe Butler was speeding at least twice the 35mph speed limit before the crash.  

Butler and LaBelle were the only reported casualties.

Butler played in the NBA for 13 seasons from 2002 to 2016.  He was selected by the Miami Heat in 2002 NBA Draft with the 53rd pick.

One of his most successful seasons was the with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2009-10 season, where he averaged 11.9 ppg and was playing on average 33 minutes a night.

In 2013, Butler was named the NBA’s D-League’s ‘Impact Player of the Year.’

Leah Labelle was a Canadian-born, American R&B singer. In the third season of American Idol she finished in 12th place losing to the eventual winner Fantasia Barrino.

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