Rasual Butler attending the Players' Awards in the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas credit: PA
Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife have died in a car accident in California, according to multiple reports.
Butler, 38, played 14 seasons in the NBA with eight franchises as a swingman after being drafted out of LaSalle by the Miami Heat in 2002.
Butler reportedly lost control of his vehicle at approximately 2.30 am local time in Studio City, hit a parking meter and flipped the car.
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
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
Leah LaBelle, 31, was Butler's wife and an R&B singer who appeared on American Idol in 2004.
Butler played his final games with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2015-16 season and attended training camp with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2016. He played in rapper Ice Cube's BIG3 basketball league last summer.
He averaged 7.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 809 NBA games. He played in all 82 games for the 2009-10 Los Angeles Clippers and averaged a career-best 11.9 points per game.
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