Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle were killed in a single car crash in the early Wednesday morning in Studio City, Cali. Their death was first reported by TMZ.
At around 2 a.m., Butler, 38, and LaBelle, 31, were driving in their Range Rover when he when it lost control, hit three parking meters and a retaining wall and landed in the parking lot of a strip mall which contains several businesses, according to CBS Sports. Both occupants of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the reports the car was going at least 90mph.
#TRAFFICALERT: Ventura Boulevard is closed from Arch to Eureka drives in Studio City for a double fatal crash investigation. Police say the car was driving at nearly 90 mph, lost control, went airborne and landed in a Marshall's parking lot. pic.twitter.com/8PZvcaXOf7— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) January 31, 2018
Butler was drafted by the Miami Heat in the second round of the 2002 NBA draft.
Butler averaged 7.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, and he played 13 seasons in the NBA for eight teams. He last played during the 2015-16 season with the San Antonio Spurs.He also played for the Hornets, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, and Wizards.
We join the NBA family in mourning the tragic loss of Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. He played 2 seasons with the Hornets when they were in OKC and a portion of the 2013 season with our Tulsa 66ers. Our hearts go out to all who knew and loved him. Rest In Peace Sual Bop. pic.twitter.com/VZCO9meoHp— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 31, 2018
Leah LaBelle was an R&B artist who came in 12th on the third season of "American Idol" in 2003. She was signed to Epic Records in 2011 and released two singles.