Published: Sat, February 03, 2018
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Ex-NBA player, wife killed in auto crash

Ex-NBA player, wife killed in auto crash

Early Wednesday morning (Jan. 31), former National Basketball Association player Rasual Butler and his wife, singer Leah LaBelle Vladowski, were tragically killed in a single auto accident in the Studio City section of Los Angeles. Both Leah and Rasual were pronounced dead at the scene. "The vehicle crashed into several fixed objects".

Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets, Indiana Pacers, and Washington Wizards.

He enjoyed the game, but loved the process. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families during this hard time.

He was 38 years old.

Thibodeau brought Butler in to compete for an open roster spot, but it eventually went to John Lucas III. He most recently played for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2015-16 season before retiring later that year. He was full of thought, full of life.

And he loved his daughter.


The NBA released a statement which read: "The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle". Our honest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of Rasual and Leah. @rasualbutler45 rest peacefully my brother.

For his part, Ice Cube posted a tweet including ESPN's article about Butler's untimely death. Not only did the pregnant reality star just lose her beloved family dog Gabbana, but her friend - former National Basketball Association star Rasual Butler - passed away in a tragic vehicle accident this week.

"He just was a special kind of dude".

"Coming to work with a happy face, so to speak, ready to do your job, feel responsible to his teammates, doing whatever's asked of him, supporting other players, Knowing how to respond in a win and in a loss".

I can't believe it, Sual. Even Cowell had to admit her performance was "without question, the best we've seen tonight". "Very sad to hear about my guy Rasual and his wife Leah". Butler played 34 games for Toronto over the 2011-12 season.

"He was always with me and Wigg and we were always trying to dissect his brain", Towns said. He just rubbed off on you. You & Leah will be dearly missed by so many.

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