STUDIO CITY, Calif. - Former Washington Wizards player Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a car crash in Southern California on Wednesday, according to TMZ.
TMZ said the single-car crash happened in the early morning hours in Studio City, California, near the Los Angeles area.
The 38-year-old Philadelphia native attended Roman Catholic High School and La Salle University in Philadelphia before he was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002. Butler played for the Wizards between 2014 and 2015. His last season in the NBA was in 2016.
I will always remember the time we shared together as teammates, you were the big brother. I appreciate the advice you shared, not just about basketball but life. Sending my deepest condolences to the families of Rasual and Leah. May you both rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/O4RgQ47PwA— John Wall (@JohnWall) January 31, 2018
TMZ reports Butler lost control of his Range Rover at about 2 a.m., struck a parking meter and slammed into a wall. Speed was believed to be a factor in the crash, according to TMZ.
His wife, Leah Labelle, was an R&B singer who placed 12th on the third season of "American Idol" back in 2003, TMZ reported.