Former NBA Player Rasaul Butler And Wife Leah LaBelle Killed In Car Crash

Former NBA player Rasaul Butler and wife, singer Leah LaBelle, were killed instantly in a car crash early Wednesday morning when the couple’s Range Rover flipped after striking a parking meter and crashing into a wall. Investigators say speed was a factor in the crash.

Butler, 38, was a 2-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 Player. He played for the Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs across a 13-year NBA career.

LaBelle, 31, was signed to Epic Records and starred in American Idol in 2004. She worked with artists like Pharrell, JoJo and Fantasia.

The couple did not have any children together but Butler had a daughter from a previous relationship.

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.

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Fellow athletes, celebrities and fans took to social media to offer heartfelt condolences.

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