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Former NBA player Rasual Butler, 38, dies in car crash

Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his spouse had been killed in a single-vehicle crash in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, early Wednesday morning, the L.A. County coroner’s workplace confirmed to ESPN. He was 38.

The couple was pronounced useless on the scene at 2:35 a.m. after his Range Rover struck parking meters and a wall and rolled right into a parking zone, the coroner’s workplace mentioned. Butler’s 31-year-old spouse, Leah LaBelle Vladowski, additionally died in the crash, the coroner confirmed. The R&B singer was a finalist in Season three of “American Idol” in 2004.

An post-mortem report is pending.

Butler, a ahead who averaged 7.5 factors and a couple of.four rebounds per recreation, performed 13 seasons in the NBA for eight groups. He final performed in the course of the 2015-16 season with the San Antonio Spurs.

The La Salle product was chosen by the Miami Heat in the second spherical of the 2002 draft. After three seasons with Miami, Butler additionally performed for New Orleans, the LA Clippers, Chicago, Toronto, Indiana and Washington.

In an announcement, Heat president Pat Riley referred to as Rasual “one of the greatest people we have ever had play for us; a great player, teammate and better person.”

“It’s always hard to cope with losing those you shared your life with, but we feel blessed to have had such a bright light shine in all of our lives,” Riley mentioned.

“Our compassion, empathy and hearts go out to their family and loved ones.”

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