Former Washington Wizards player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle, were killed in a car crash in Studio City, California early Wednesday morning.

 

According to reports, the 38-year-old former basketball player lost control of his Range Rover around 2 a.m. The vehicle struck a parking meter and slammed into a wall before flipping. Police believe Rasual was speeding before he lost control of the car.

 

The ex-NBA player’s wife previously appeared on American Idol and was signed to Epic Records.  The R&B singer was in the passenger seat at the time of the deadly crash.

 

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Rasual was good friends with Lamar Odom and even appeared on his 2011 reality show, Khloé & Lamar, while dating Khloe Kardashian’s best friend, Malika Haqq.

 

The ex-NBA player is the third close friend Odom has lost in recent years.

 

In 2015, Lamar experienced serious tragedy, months before he was found unresponsive in a Nevada brothel, when his best friends, Jamie Sangouthai and Bobby Heyward, died within less than a week of each other.

 

Sending our condolences to the Butlers’ friends and family.

 

Rest In Peace.

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