Wednesday morning, Ex NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, singer Leah LaBelle, were tragically killed in a single car accident in Studio, California.
According to reports, Butler lost control of is Range Rover around 2 a.m. hitting a parking meter, the car then flipped and slammed into a wall.
Butler was allegedly speeding before the accident.
Butler,38, played 13 seasons in the NBA with eight different teams.
He played as a forward and was first drafted to the Miami Heat in 2002 where he played for his first three seasons.
His NBA career included seasons with the Hornets, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, and Spurs.
LaBelle was an R&B singer known for her appearance on the third season of “American Idol” in 2004 where she placed twelfth in the contest.
News of the tragic deaths has shaken the NBA and Music world.
Former teammates Dwayne Wade, Kyle Lowry and Danny Green, have spoken out about the devastating news.
Rasual and i my rookie year in Miami. This was my first public appearance and i was nervous to go along—So Sual joined to make it easier on me. That’s who he was—A great individual that was always there for people when they needed him. Today is a sad day—Sual’s family, his wife’s family and his NBA family mourn the lost of a great man. R.I.P philly boy Rasual Butler!
I’m hurt man, still in shock, I don’t believe it…not you, you were too good man…feels like I just seen you like yesterday, the both of you…even tho we were teammates for a short period, we bonded like brothers…had an energy that was unmatched, we will miss you good brova, you and Leah both #RIP @rasualbutler8 @leahlabelle prayers up to your families 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
Pacers President Kevin Pritchard also released an official statement regarding the loss of Butler and his wife.
As well as the Washington Wizards:
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 31, 2018
Musicians Pharrell and Jordin Sparks along with others have also reacted to the sudden loss.
Four Angels in a week. My heart is just so heavy & broken. I’m in shock, numb and feel everything all at the same time. Leah & Rasual (one of my closest friends and her amazing other half who also was a great friend), Bryanna (my step sister) and Q (my little cousin), you were such bright lights in this crazy world. You made everyone better just by knowing them. And your smiles made anyone’s day better. The world is less sparkly without you in it. Rest In Peace and Power. I love you forever. Find Miles and hug him for me. ♥️ Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Don’t ever skip a chance to tell someone you appreciate them or how much you love them. Please, please continue to cover their families and our family with thoughts and prayers. #unicornsdontdie #sicklecellsux