American Idol Contestant Leah LaBelle and Husband Rasual Butler Lifeless After Automobile Crash

Rasual Butler, Leah LaBelle

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Former American Idol contestant Leah LaBelle and her husband Rasual Butler have died after an early morning automotive crash.

Los Angeles Police affirm to E! Information crash occurred in Studio Metropolis, Calif., early Wednesday morning at 2:25 a.m. PST.

Rasual was the motive force who misplaced management and collided with the curb. The Land Rover automobile, which had Leah as a passenger, flipped twice earlier than coming to a relaxation in a shopping mall car parking zone.

In keeping with the Los Angeles County Coroner workplace, each events have been pronounced lifeless on the scene. An post-mortem is pending.

Followers of American Idol might bear in mind Leah when she first auditioned in entrance of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson again in 2004. She would later place twelfth within the present’s third season.

She would additionally turn out to be a profitable R&B singer who signed with Epic Data. “Everyone is devastated. It’s such a sad day for her friends, family and all her fans that loved her,” a supply shared with E! Information. “She was so talented and was pushing hard on her music career.” 

As for her husband, Rasual was first drafted by the Miami Warmth in 2002.  Throughout his 14-year profession with the NBA, he additionally performed with the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and different groups.

“The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle,” the NBA mentioned in an announcement on Twitter. “A pro’s pro, Rasual enjoyed a long, successful career and was widely respected by his peers and coaches. We grieve with their loved ones during this difficult time.”

The Miami Warmth added, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of Rasual and Leah. They will be missed.”

TMZ was first to report the information. 

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