Former OKC Hornets player Rasual Butler and wife dead in auto crash

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Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, singer Leah LaBelle, were killed in a single vehicle accident in Studio City, Calif. early Wednesday morning, according to TMZ.

The accident reportedly happened around 2 a.m. after Butler lost control of his black Range Rover, which slammed into a parking meter, hit a wall, and flipped over.

Butler, 38, and Leah LaBelle Vladowski, 31, were pronounced dead at the scene, said Ed Winter, assistant chief investigator with the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Butler, 38, played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association and proved to be solid scorer off the bench during his years with the Miami Heat.

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The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat also issued statements mourning Butler. Rasual was a wonderful man, friend and teammate.

Butler was a two-time first-team All-Atlantic 10 player at La Salle, where he was inducted into the school's Hall of Athletics.

The Clippers said Butler "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". He played three seasons in Miami before being involved in the trade that led to the Heat acquiring Eddie Jones, Antoine Walker, Jason Williams and James Posey.

LaBelle was a contestant on the third season of American Idol where she placed 12th in 2004.

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