Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife Leah LaBelle, a singer who appeared on “American Idol, ” were killed early Wednesday in a single-car accident in Southern California.
The couple’s death was confirmed by one of Butler’s former teams, the Miami Heat, who selected him in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft.
Los Angeles police told Fox 11 the couple’s Range Rover disintegrated at around 2:30 a.m. on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.
Officer J. Mayorga of the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division said the car impressed various objects before making the wall of a Marshalls store. Fox1 1 reported that investigators imagine the car was accelerating at the time of the accident.
A Philadelphia native, Butler played four years of college basketball at LaSalle University, where he tallied more than 2,000 qualities and was appointed to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team in his junior and senior seasons.
After three years with the Heat, Butler started on a journeyman job that included stops with the New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs.
LaBelle, an R& B singer who was signed to Epic Records, was best knows we her keep going the third largest season of “American Idol, ” where she eventually finished 12 th.