Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, singer Leah LaBelle killed in car crash


ย // Jan 31, 2018

Husband and wife Rasual Butler, 38, and Leah LaBelle, 31, were killed in a car accident early this morning (January 31) in Studio City, Calif.

He was a former NBA player who played for the Hornets, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, Wizards and Spurs in his career, and she was a former American Idol contestant who was previously signed to a joint deal with L.A. Reid and Epic Records, Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings and Pharrell's new label I Am Other. Pharrell produced her charted single, "Sexify."

According to TMZ, Butler lost control of his Range Rover around 2 a.m., struck a parking meter, slammed into a wall, and the car flipped. Officers believe the car was speeding before it lost control.

That SMILE. That VOICE. That inside-out GLOW. My @leahlabelle . My sister. Woke up this morning and heard you were gone. This canโ€™t be real. I just replayed the voice note you sent me on my birthday. Please someone assure me this is not real. And that we are still gonna meet up and sing and harmonize and encourage each other and laugh out asses off real soon. LEAH You have the light of GOD inside you. Everyone you touched was blessed by your presence. PURE. You were GENUINE. The REAL THING. Canโ€™t believe Iโ€™m writing about you in the past tense!!!!! And you and @rasualbutler8 โ€˜s relationship was SUCH A BEAUTIFUL LOVE TO WITNESS AND FEEL. Best friends, believers, partners. A love that survived so much. We want and need more from you both. I cannot accept that the two of you are gone. Leah, you are my sister. I love you. and I feel so fortunate that you were in my life. Sing with the angels in heaven. You were an angel on earth.

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LaBelle last shared an Instagram video of the couple four months ago for her birthday celebration, while Butler posted a photo last week calling his wife a "modern day Marilyn Monroe."

Modern Day Marlyn Monroe @leahlabelle

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