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Former NBA player Rasual Butler, wife killed in car accident

In some tragic news around the sports world, reports are surfacing that former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a car accident in Southern California during the early-morning hours on Wednesday.

“Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife — a singer who appeared on “American Idol” — were both killed in a single car crash in Studio City, CA early Wednesday morning,” the report read.

The 38-year-old Butler lost control of his Range Rover, hit a parking meter and then a wall before the car itself flipped.

The images from TMZ Sports are harrowing.

Courtesy of TMZ Sports

Butler, a second-round pick of the Miami Heat back in 2002, played parts of 13 seasons in the NBA. He last suited up back in 2015-16, playing 46 games with the San Antonio Spurs.

Butler’s wife,┬áLeah LaBelle, was an R&B singer and finished 12th on Season 3 of American Idol back in 2004.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this young couple.