‘American Idol’ Vet Leah LaBelle & NBA Star Husband Rasual Butler Dead After Car Crash
Such tragic news.
American Idol contestant Leah LaBelle and her husband Rasual Butler died following a car crash.
The accident occurred around 2:25 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31 in Studio City, California.
The former NBA star was the driver and he lost control of the car and collided with the curb.
The car then flipped twice and came to a stop in a shopping center parking lot.
According to TMZ, both individuals were pronounced dead on the scene.
Fans remember Leah from when she auditioned for AI back in 2004. She eventually finished in twelfth place.
"Everyone is devastated. It's such a sad day for her friends, family and all her fans that loved her," a source told E! News.
"She was so talented and was pushing hard on her music career."
Rasual, who was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002, had a long 14-year career and played with the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, and other teams.
The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle.NBA (@NBA) January 31, 2018
A pro's pro, Rasual enjoyed a long, successful career and was widely respected by his peers and coaches. We grieve with their loved ones during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/zNH93MVvpM
"The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle," the NBA said on Twitter.
"A pro's pro, Rasual enjoyed a long, successful career and was widely respected by his peers and coaches.”
The statement continued, “We grieve with their loved ones during this difficult time."
The Miami Heat also shared a statement.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle,” they shared.
“Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of Rasual and Leah. They will be missed."
Our thoughts and prayers are with their friends and families.