Tragedy has struck the basketball world.
We've experienced some heartbreak this year when Celtics legend JoJo White passed away and Texas guard Andrew Jones was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, the NBA world is dealing with a tragic death.
Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife were pronounced dead after a fatal car crash early Wednesday morning.
Ex-NBA Player Rasual Butler and Wife Dead In Car Crash https://t.co/z5AJgL0yM3— TMZ (@TMZ) January 31, 2018
Reports have said that Butler lost control of his Range Rover around 2 a.m. Wednesday, struck a parking meter, and slammed into a wall. Officers believe that Butler was speeding before the crash.
Butler was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002, and went on to have a long productive career in the NBA, spending time with the Hornets, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, Wizards, and Spurs. He also participated in Ice Cube's BIG3 League.
Butler's wife, Leah LaBelle, is an R&B singer, who participated in season three of American Idol. She was signed to Epic Records.
My deepest condolences go out to @RasualButler45 & his wife on their passing away... You just never know when it’s your time— Damien Dante Wayans (@DamienDW) January 31, 2018
You never want to hear news like this, and condolences go out to the families of Butler and LaBelle.
Rasual Butler was cooler than a fan.. back when he played for the Heat, he was always a joy to be around & did much for the Miami community. RIP to he & his wife.— Benji Brown (@benjibrown1) January 31, 2018
Rest in peace.