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 can’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. Can’t believe I’m writing about you in the past tense!!!!! And you and @rasualbutler8 ‘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.
Leah. beautiful sister from another mister. You will NEVER EVER be forgotten. Your voice. Your spirit. Your light. Cannot comprehend what this loss means. Thinking about your unwavering faith in God brings me peace. I love you, forever angel. pic.twitter.com/ZqmNeHfuAb— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 31, 2018
RIP RASUAL AND LEAH OMGGGG THIS IS SO SADD!!!!!!! 😢😢😢😢😢😢— Karrueche Tran (@karrueche) January 31, 2018
RIP @leahlabelle & Rasual Butler 😔 just saw you all last night! 🙏🏾— Mack. (@MACKWILDS) January 31, 2018
Come on man. Damn. The world just lost a great dude. RIP Rasual “Bop” Butler! https://t.co/tufRq2H3AI— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 31, 2018
Rest In Peace Rasual Butler…— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) January 31, 2018
Rest In Peace Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. My heart is heavy today for their families. Thank you for everything Rasual.— O'Shea Jackson Jr (@OsheaJacksonJr) January 31, 2018
i was lucky enough to call you a friend. your trust and love in God was unwavering. your love of music was contagious. your loyalty to family was unmatched. i will miss you mama. RIP Leah.— DAWN (@DawnRichard) January 31, 2018
Saddened by the news and the loss of Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. Talk about a great dude and family man. I know he had many stops during his 13 year NBA journey, but he was beloved becasue of his work ethic in Indiana. New guardian Angels..— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) January 31, 2018
So sad this morning to here about my friend and teammate 😢 RIP Rasual Butler appreciate the people around u because u never kno 😔😔😔— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) January 31, 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/djezmpHd5h— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 31, 2018
Our entire organization is deeply saddened after learning of the death of former Pacers player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. pic.twitter.com/ezdVkM12PG— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 31, 2018
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
The L.A. Clippers are deeply saddened by the loss of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. Rasual will long be remembered not only for his accomplishments on the court, but for his vibrant personality, positive outlook and the compassion he had for everyone around him. pic.twitter.com/Hti86knOXa— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 31, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. Our sincere thoughts and condolences go out to their friends and family. pic.twitter.com/4g8nGeovaS— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 31, 2018
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."