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BC-BKN--Rasual Butler Killed

January 31, 2018
Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles. The crash happened early Wednesday in the Studio City area. Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter says the 38-year-old Butler and 31-year-old Leah LaBelle Vladowski died at the scene. Autopsies are pending. Butler was drafted in 2002 by the Miami Heat and played for a total of eight NBA teams. Butler’s wife placed 12th on the third season of “American Idol” in 2004.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Studio City area and left a swath of damage along a major thoroughfare.

Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter says the 38-year-old Butler and 31-year-old Leah LaBelle Vladowski were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies are pending.

Butler was drafted in 2002 by the Miami Heat and played for a total of eight NBA teams including the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs.

Butler’s wife was an R&B singer signed to Epic Records. She placed 12th on the third season of “American Idol” in 2004.