Rasual Butler and singer Leah LaBelle die in car crash

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle -- a singer who appeared on "American Idol" -- were both killed in a single car crash in Studio City, California early Wednesday.

TMZ reports the couple were in a black Range Rover traveling at a high rate of speed when it jumped a curb and crashed into a shopping plaza. The truck flipped and rolled on impact with a wall.

The tragic accident happened at 2 a.m., as Butler, 38, lost control of his Range Rover, struck a parking meter, hopped a curb and slammed into a wall in the shopping plaza.

Range Rover crash

Butler -- who was drafted out of college by the Miami Heat in 2002 -- also played for the Hornets, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, Wizards and Spurs before retiring in 2016.

LaBelle, 31, was a R&B singer who placed 12th on the 3rd Season of "American Idol" back in 2004, according to TMZ.

NBA players and fans paid emotional tributes to the couple who have been trending on social media all say since the news broke.

Rasual is survived by a daughter from a previous relationship.

Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

  • pure_rachet

    Terrible! RIP!

  • xenaD

    I hate car accidents... I got rear ended once, didn’t scare me much but my groceries flew all around... Had me so tight!!
    PS... this is one of my low key fears. I don’t wanna leave earth this way. My babies and I stay seat belted and prayed up every time we are in the V, no matter who is driving (especially my sister who has straight up road rage)!!

  • Gamer?? Chick

    That’s awful.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    This is sad. Leah was pretty. RIP to them both.

  • Guest

    OMG! That truck! R.I.P

  • Desiree Edwards

    This is very tragic! I pray that alcohol wasn't involved!.

  • Coffee1st

    Dang ?
    My condolences.

  • Ladyvil

    .... wink wink

  • Mahogany

    My heart dropped looking at the Pic of the car. RIP

  • Karen Brady

    I feel ya

  • Kanyade

    RIP. Mercy. :(

  • Karen Brady

    I don't want to imagine what they looked like if the Range looks like this. Slow down folks, don't text, email... and not too many drinks. Stay alive in 18 and beyond. PEACE!

  • Karen Brady

    my groceries flew all around... Had me so tight!!. Reading this line to my co-worker and cracking up.

  • Karen Brady

    And put the phones away!

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  • Sunnie?

    Dang. That’s sad!

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    yes, or argue to the point of no return... while driving... just sayin..

  • shun king

    i sure hope he was not trying to kill that woman

  • Junkanoo

    That's unfortunate .....Rest for a bit an then reincarnate

  • Lady_Elle

    So sad RIP!
    Can't imagine why he would be driving so fast! :-(

  • Reg Ingram

    R.I.P ... very heart wrenching..brother and sisters please drive more responsibly...if you want to drive fast join nascar ..im not kidding !!

  • Li

    I remember Leah Labelle on AI. Can somebody find that clip?

  • Chocolate Bliss

    So sad!! I remember her song SEXIFY that I thought was dope. She really loved R&B music. She use to sing in a black church choir when she was young.

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  • Rayne

    I bet they were arguing. Rip.

  • No Love Lost

    He's a race baiting white troll. Ignore it.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Harpo, who are these people?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames
  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    Those SUV are dangerous. They can flip over at anytime. It's a design flaw

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'm thinking it could be alcohol ...especially if they were leaving a club or party.

  • Kemi

    RIP so young.. gone to soon! Condolences to their loved ones esp his daughter. Very sad ? ?

  • Malcom Flex

    Welp. HER fam will get the money #FollowTheMoneyTrail

  • xenaD

    It’s true! Some 19 year old got out... phone in hand ?????
    Like I’m sorry but u slowed down! Ok, get my bags then we can talk

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Thanks for this post !!!! ....

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Sending healing to their family .... 111 ??

  • dontgetblocked

    I wonder if there's more to this story. That SUV was tore the f### up!

  • hotntot95

    Celebrities represent less than 1% of the world's population, yet they seem to pass so often.?..I'm still in shock about Whitney and Bobbi Kristina..so sad...RIP

  • Oya Shango

    Not all of it. He has a daughter. Let's hope he had a will.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    My condolences to the family.

  • justlooking

    Damn, what horrible tradegy. I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers to family and loved ones.

  • Li

    Yes! she was signed with Pharrell's label at one time. I don't know....such a great talent, but it didn't go far.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    RIP. Both are gone too soon. This is so sad. I hate hearing people died in car crashes. There something so unsettling about it. I actually knew her and she can sing too. She was friends with my cousin they went to the same high school. My condolences to everyone affected by this.

  • Omandesert

    Both souls, R.I.P.

  • A D N

    My 1st thought.

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  • Enoughsaid2020

    Very sad. Rest in peace.

  • unknown user

    Oh wow.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    And it doesn't help that they're dåmn near made out of fiberglass. Thin as the wind. Those old cars were made out of steel and if you ever get in a car accident with one, the old car may have a cracked light, while yours is totaled. Smh.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    May they R.I.P.

    I wonder why they were speeding. Argument, drunk or just a heavy foot.

    Prayers for the families and especially his daughter. How awful.

  • Queen B

    RIP ? I wonder if drinking was a contributing factor

  • morenYAHdelsur

    OH my gosh! How sad ? ?.

  • nick c

    If they drive multiple cars its worst you get use to smaller cars taking WAY tighter turns at high speeds than what a suv can take, I be worried taking a tight turn above 45 in one lol.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I thought the same thing, who in the fck is this?

  • MRiGOThim

    RIP...damn look at the car tho, yikes!

  • boo boo kity

    she sang "sexify" it was really good song..she could SING! she just never took off...Pharrell had signed her soooo yea -_-

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Very sad prayers to this couple's family

  • free

    did you see the recent whitney documentary? it was sad when the bodyguard was talking about how bobbi kris came along right during the height of the f*ckery. how he said there was "no chance" for her. that was tough.

  • free

    lemme go listen.

  • free

    ohhhh ok!!!! it's cute!! now i got the sads.

  • cherrypie

    Very sad indeed. I checked out his IG page. Very inspirational but ominous posts throughout. Just 4 days ago he posted a beautiful message. As crazy as it may seem, it's kind of like he may have known that he didn't have long. He was definitely a believer. RIH Angels.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I still don't know who either one of them is.
    But this post just reinforces my idea that anyone who ever did anything will have a story written about them because social media needs content.

  • HelloToni

    Ooh no. I don't know them. What cute edgy couple. That's awful. RIP. So sad.

  • Karen Brady

    That too! I once had to pull over and tell my ex to shut his trap or get the hell out cuz I was not about to wreck.

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  • Renee26

    Right or fighting behind the wheel

  • Renee26

    and did somebody say "I'll kill you and me both" before pressing harder on the pedal and running up on that cub

  • Renee26

    That was the jam

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  • Renee26

    Good thing too! Chile I had a crazy ex who punched me in my jaw while I was driving on the highway...knocked a tooth loose. I saw stars; it was a miracle that I didn't wreck...i had a cousin who was killed last year after fighting with her gf on the highway

  • ???TheRider???

    I live in the San Fernando Valley not too far from where this happened. People speed down Ventura Blvd all the time and there have been many fatalities because of it. I read on another site drugs or alcohol may have been a factor. If I'm not mistaken, didn't he date Khloe a few years back?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I can imagine that, too.

  • SweetTEE

    I have experienced speaking with someone the same day they died in a 4 wheeler accident.They were extremely affectionate and positive, It was if they knew they would die that day. I think sometimes people know. Rip.

  • SweetTEE

    Chile.... he stay signing somebody and not doing a damn thing with them...teyana taylor for example and her album is BOMB.

  • SweetTEE

    Shoot, it kinda gave me the sads :(

  • SweetTEE

    Thats sad to hear. I literally saw a girl in the club arguing with her man on the phone. I guess she left to find him and by the time the club let out, we couldnt get out of the parking lot bc she had sped into a light pole head first trying to get to his dumb ass. We have all been that mad, smh. Its sad.

  • GabrieleChristo

    Honestly, I don't feel bad for either of them! Why wasn't he married to a black woman? Oh, so black women are good to procreate with but not marry? Who told him to speed? Was this intentional? How was he going 60 plus miles over the limit?

  • Renee26

    Oh my! Poor thing, yeah driving angry is bound to be reckless

  • Renee26

    Me too

  • Quitedeliteful

    WOW!!! That car is TOTALED!!!!!!!!!! Drinking/Drugging/Driving just don't mix....

  • Look@m3

    Was thinking the same thing.....

  • Shawty

    I feel saddened about this post. Hate to see anyone lose they life so recklessly. Sympathize with the families of these two. ALL LIVES MATTER!

  • cherrypie

    Wow!! That is crazy. Just a reminder that tomorrow is not promised. Live each day to its fullest.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    I wonder if they have the same underground race circuit that the Atl have. You hear all the time about the on vehicle accidents early in the morning here with high speed expensive cars. I happen to know of one that even police are involved with. They give the scanner all clear and text goes out to the group to meet off an exit on a stretch of high way and the hop on and haul ass as fast as you can go. Ive seen lambos, Rarris, souped up muscle cars, BMWs Teslers, Chargers rolling 120 plus Some celebs play along too. There have been some bad accidents that surface too..its not always because of drunk driving..

  • WutizstillHERE!

    There is a drag circuit here in the atl that do it in the wee hour of the morning on highways all kinds of exotic race cars. we hear about one vehicle accidents in expensive cars here also and some were directly a result of that and not drinking and driving, But they won't tell you that.

  • SpiceGirl

    just wow...may they both RIP

  • ViolettaBliss

    Dayum RIP. You just never know when your day will come.

  • Trace da Ace

    OMG!! RIP to them both....don't matter what color they were, what was the nature of the relationship...all that matters is that their family is grieving and 2 lives have been lost. I hate it when folks always want to shade interracial couples....I mean damn....this is a post stating that 2 people have lost their lives and it is a sad situation...PERIOD.

  • hotntot95

    No I didn't see it..but its so eerie how they they both died the exact same way.. Like Anna Nicole Smith and her son...

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  • Karen Brady

    Oh no sis.. I'm sorry to hear both these things and I didn't say it but that fool mushed me from the side while I was driving... that's when I pulled over.

  • jayhawkpride

    No, he was good friends with Lamar and was dating one of Khloe's friends.

  • parisjok

    her best friend one of the twins. read it in the paper

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  • leapyearpisces

    I agree. Families lost their loved ones. That's all that matter.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Horrible thought but possibly true.

  • Malcom Flex

    LOL how many black males leave a WILL less on money to their black side of the fam after they marry a becky?? Beckies make sure that black male money goes to HER side of the fam, which is why they marry rich bm in the first place.

  • Malcom Flex

    Did you press charges on the punk??

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Sooooooo sad i remember Leah from season 3 of Idol. Prayers for their families.

  • MythCalledLove

    Reminds of Malik Sealy...How messed up his Range Rover was.

  • MythCalledLove

    If he had married a black woman she would be dead too.

  • ???TheRider???

    Oh ok. Still such a sad story.

  • Maxima

    Sad, this brother just did not have it together. He has now left a black or mulatto child fatherless. He was speeding (if he was indeed the one driving) with his wife in the car at a reckless rate. Why take that chance with yourself far less with your WIFE? He had all the trappings, the tattoos, SUVs, white wife, clothes, semi-fame -- and it just was not enough. RIP