Former NBA Star Rasual Butler And American Idol Star Wife Leah LaBelle Die In A Tragic Car Accident
On 4th February 2018
LaBelle and Butler died tragically in the car accident when the former NBA player was speeding his car on a Los Angeles street and lost control of the vehicle and landed in a shopping plaza. The couple were pronounced dead on the spot by emergency services. They are survived by daughter Raven. Raven on her social media posted a picture of her late parents and invited everyone for their memorial services, "Please join Rasual Butler and Lean LaBelle’s family and close friends as we celebrate their lives with a memorial service."
#1 Dead In Tragic Accident
Former NBA player, Rasual Butler, 38 and American Idol Singer wife Leah LaBelle, 31 tragically died after the basketball player crashed his car on a Los Angeles street. According to the Police, the player was Land Rover down Ventura Boulevard in the Studio City section when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a curb. The couple was pronounced dead at the scene. Butler had career averages of 7.5 points and 2.4 rebounds and started his career in 2002 by the Miami Heat out of LaSalle University in his hometown of Philadelphia.
LaBelle started her career from the third season of American Idol and had a career as an R&B singer.
#2 Untimely Departure
The tragic and untimely death of the couple has shocked both the music and sports industry and fellow stars and players took to social media to express their disbelieve and grievances over the tragedy. NBA team President Pat Riley in a statement said, "This is beyond a sad day for the Miami Heat Family. Rasual was one of the greatest people we have ever had play for us; a great player, teammate and better person."
Indiana Pacers President Kevin Pritchard stated, "In his one season with us, Rasual was the consummate team player and a great role model for our younger players on how a professional should prepare and act while being a positive influence on everyone who associated with him."
#3 Butler Posted A Sweet Note For Daughter Raven Days Before The Accident
It has now emerged, days before his death Butler wrote a sweet note for daughter Raven on Instagram and called their only child his "pride." Unfortunately, both the father and daughter didn't know this would be the last time for each other, The beautiful note read, "My daughter is so (water wave emoji) yyyy! Her Aura, spirit, style, creativity, intellect, passion and understanding for her age is a beautiful thing to watch as very proud father! She understands things about being solid many adults struggle with! I love you with every single element of human anatomy that allows me to be here in the physical as your father, friend, partner and inspiration for everything driving me to be the ultimate best version of me."
#4 The Car Flipped Over Twice
The Police stated Butler was speeding his car at 2 am on a Los Angeles street when it hit three parking meters and a concrete wall and then flipped over twice. The couple was claimed by the emergency services dead on the site of the accident.
#5 Miami Heat Posted Their Condolences On Social Media
Miami Heat on their official page wrote, "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of Rasual and Leah. They will be missed."
#6 Friends Grieving The Death Of Their Loved Ones
Friends and colleagues also took to social media to pay their pay respects, Kevin Love posted, "Incredibly sad news to hear about Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. Prayers to both of their families through this tough time."
NBPA also tweeted, "The NBPA family is deeply saddened by the passing of our brother, Rasual Butler. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Butler family. 🙏"