Former NBA player, wife die in auto crash

Former La Salle standout NBA vet Rasual Butler dies in crash

The SUV was traveling westbound on Ventura Boulevard when the vehicle lost control, hit multiple parking meters, slammed into a wall, overturned and ended up in a parking lot, authorities said. He was 38 years old.

One of Butler's best seasons in the National Basketball Association was in the 2008-09 season as a member of the Hornets, when he played all 82 games and averaged 11.2 points and 3.3 rebounds.

Butler, a second-round pick by the Heat in 2002, played for LA from 2009-2011.

Butler's wife, LaBelle, was also making a name for herself in music.

"The L.A. Clippers are deeply saddened by the loss of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle", the statement read.

Butler, 38, played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association with eight franchises as a swingman after being drafted out of LaSalle by the Miami Heat in 2002. The spokesman said investigators estimate the auto was moving at a speed of 60 miles per hour to 90 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

Rasual Butler, who plays for nine teams over 14 seasons, was reportedly killed in L.A. auto accident. He played three seasons in Miami before being involved in the trade that led to the Heat acquiring Eddie Jones, Antoine Walker, Jason Williams and James Posey. "We offer our sincerest condolences to he and his wife's family". "They will be missed", the Miami Heat tweeted.

LaBelle, 31, appeared on "American Idol" as a teenager in 2004, finishing in 12th place during the show's third season.

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