NBA Stars React To Rasual Butler’s Death With Outpouring Of Grief, Tributes

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Rasual Butler

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Rasual Butler played his last professional basketball game in 2016, but his NBA peers never forgot what a big man he was.

That became clear Wednesday after reports emerged saying Butler and his wife, singer Leah LaBelle, died in an early morning car accident in Los Angeles. The Miami Heat confirmed the tragedy Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement of Butler’s death prompted an outpouring of grief among past and present NBA stars, who used social media to share kind words. Butler played for the Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs throughout the course of his career.

I remember I called you when you got drafted on draft night and I was at a camp and I wanted to show off because I knew you and you answered the phone for a 16year old who was one of your biggest fans.. this is truly a sad day for me !! RIP Sual bop my oldhead!!

A post shared by Kyle Lowry (@kyle_lowry7) on

I’m hurt man, still in shock, I don’t believe it…not you, you were too good man…feels like I just seen you like yesterday, the both of you…even tho we were teammates for a short period, we bonded like brothers…had an energy that was unmatched, we will miss you good brova, you and Leah both #RIP @rasualbutler8 @leahlabelle prayers up to your families 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

A post shared by Danny Green (@greenranger14) on

Sad news…lost a good one!!!

A post shared by Michael Beasley #NYK Forward (@michael8easley) on

I can’t believe this…. RIP to my brother @rasualbutler8 and his wife @leahlabelle !!!! One of the most genuine guys I’ve ever met, and Leah was as authentic as they come. The world just lost 2 amazing people!! #RestInParadise #stillinshock 😪😢

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Butler was 38 years old. LaBelle, who appeared on “American Idol,” was 31. They’re survived by Butler’s daughter Raven, whom he fathered in a previous relationship.

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