SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs released a statement on Wednesday afternoon following the death of former Spur Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle.
"We’ve lost two special people in Leah LaBelle and Rasual Butler. Our hearts, prayers and condolences are with their families and friends. Rasual was a wonderful man, friend and teammate. His positive attitude, his professionalism and his warm smile made Rasual a joy to be around. All of us will miss Rasual and Leah a great deal," the Spurs said in the statement.
Former NBA and San Antonio Spurs player Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a car crash in a Los Angeles suburb early Wednesday morning.
TMZ Sports reported Butler, 38, lost control of his SUV around 2 a.m. in Studio City, California and struck a parking meter.
The vehicle slammed into a wall and flipped, according to TMZ Sports. Officers believe the car was speeding before it lost control.
Butler played in the NBA for 14 seasons and was a member of the Spurs during the 2015-16 season.
Butler played in 46 games for San Antonio before he was waived on March 9, 2016. It was his final season in the NBA.
Butler’s wife Leah LaBelle was an R&B singer. She competed in the third season of "American Idol" in 2004.
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Current Spurs players posted their condolences for Butler, his wife and his family on social media:
Devastated to hear the news about the passing of my former teammate, Rasual, & his wife. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families during this difficult time. Rasual was an amazing teammate and an even better person. He will truly be missed!— LaMarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12) January 31, 2018
Smh Rip Bop man learned a lot from you! Leah was such a nice person. Devastated by the news!! 😪😪😪 https://t.co/jMyRGEgRtV— SLOWMO (@KyleAnderson5) January 31, 2018
Still in shock about my brother Rasual. Great positive person. We lost a good one— Rudy Gay (@RudyGay) January 31, 2018
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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 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽