TMZ (@tmz) is reporting that former NBA player Rasul Butler and his wife, singer Leah Labelle, who appeared on a season of American Idol both were killed when the Range Rover the couple were driving in lost control and slammed into a wall.
TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) reports, Butler, 38, lost control of his Range Rover around 2am, struck a parking meter and slammed into a wall. The car flipped. Officers believe the car was speeding before it lost control.
Butler, the former LaSalle University standout, had a 14-year run in the NBA that started when he was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002. Butler played for a number of NBA teams in his career including Charlotte Hornets, LA Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, and the San Antonio Spurs. Butler also played in Ice Cube’s BIG3 league last season.
Leah Labelle was signed to Epic Records. She appeared on the 4th season of American Idol in 2004. Labelle was eliminated from American Idol, finishing in 12th place. Labelle went on to garner attention for herself on YouTube. Her videos were seen by others in the music industry, including Keri Hilson who hired Labelle to sing backup after hearing Labelle’s cover of Hilson’s song “Energy.” Labelle signed a joint deal with LA Reid and Epic Records in 2011. She released her first single “Sexify” in March of 2012.