Rasual Butler dies in vehicle crash

According to KNBC-TV, Butler was driving his black Range Rover around 2:30 a.m. local time in Studio City when it crashed into a building inside of a shopping center. Butler was 38, while LaBelle was 32.

Former La Salle University basketball star Rasual Butler has been pronounced dead following a vehicle crash, according to media reports on Wednesday afternoon. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families during this hard time.

Butler started 58 games for the Hornets while they played in Oklahoma City two seasons.

Butler, 38, played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association with eight franchises as a swingman after being drafted out of LaSalle by the Miami Heat in 2002. Butler spent the 2009 season with the Los Angeles Clippers before joining the Chicago Bulls in the middle of the 2010 season.

But the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat both issued condolence statements naming her as his wife, Leah LaBelle, a Canadian-born singer who was a contestant on the reality television show "American Idol" in 2004. The Miami Heat drafted Butler in 2002, where he appeared in several games during the 2005 Eastern Conference Finals. Damn. The world just lost a great dude.

Butler spent the first three seasons of his National Basketball Association career with the Heat, dealt in the 2005 offseason in the mega trade that delivered Jason Williams, James Posey and Antoine Walker to the Heat.

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