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Posted: February 01, 2018

Former NBA player Rasual Butler, wife killed in car crash

FILE - In this May 20, 2014, file photo,  Indiana Pacers' Rasual Butler gestures during the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat in Indianapolis. Authorities say Butler and his wife Leah LaBelle, whose given name is Leah LaBelle Vladowski, died in a single-vehicle rollover traffic accident in the Studio City area of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley early Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter says both died at the scene. Autopsies are pending. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
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FILE - In this May 20, 2014, file photo, Indiana Pacers' Rasual Butler gestures during the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat in Indianapolis. Authorities say Butler and his wife Leah LaBelle, whose given name is Leah LaBelle Vladowski, died in a single-vehicle rollover traffic accident in the Studio City area of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley early Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter says both died at the scene. Autopsies are pending. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

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By Cody Taylor, FanBuzz.com

STUDIO CITY, Calif. —

Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single car crash early Wednesday, according to TMZ and later confirmed by The Associated Press.

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The report said Butler lost control of his Range Rover and struck a parking meter before crashing into a wall about 2 a.m. in Studio City, California. Police believe Butler had been speeding prior to the accident, according to the report.

Butler, a 13-year veteran of the NBA, was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002 and went on to play for several different teams during his career. He most recently played for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2015-16 season before retiring later that year.

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During his career, Butler also played for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards.

He also played in Ice Cube’s BIG3 league.


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