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Former Pacer Rasual Butler, Wife Dead Following Car Crash


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"Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife -- a singer who appeared on "American Idol" -- were both killed in a single car crash in Studio City, CA early Wednesday morning, TMZ Sports has learned. 

38-year-old Butler -- who was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002 -- lost control of his Range Rover around 2 AM, struck a parking meter and slammed into a wall. The car flipped. 

Officers believe the car was speeding before it lost control. 

Butler had a long NBA career after an impressive run at La Salle -- where he was a 2-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 Player. He's a member of the La Salle Hall of Athletics. 

He went on to play in the NBA until 2016 -- with stints on the Hornets, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, Wizards and Spurs. 

Butler most recently played in Ice Cube's BIG3 league. 

Butler's wife Leah LaBelle was an R&B singer who was signed to Epic Records. She placed 12th on the 3rd Season of "American Idol" back in 2004. "


Butler only played one season for the Pacers in 2013-2014, but it was possibly the most memorable season the Pacers have ever had for both good and bad. 

While with the Pacers, Butler played in 50 games, started two, and averaged 2.7 points per game. Any time he was in the game, though, you had a feeling whatever he put up was going in. 

Rest in peace. 

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