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Former NBA star Rasual Butler and his wife, singer Leah LaBelle, died on Wednesday in a collision in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Police Department told NBC News that Butler lost control of the couple’s Land Rover and they hit a curb and a parking meter, flipping over twice. According to NBC Los Angeles, Butler was allegedly driving two or three times over the speed limit. Speed was allegedly a factor of the crash, Sporting News reported.
The couple died as a result.
Butler, 38, played for multiple teams during his career, including the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs. LaBelle, 31, kicked off her R&B singing career on American Idol in 2003.
Now, their fans, friends and colleagues are mourning their death.
"We’ve lost two special people in Leah LaBelle and Rasual Butler," the Spurs said in a statement. "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."
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