Former Teammates Respond to Horrific, Sudden Death of NBA Star and Wife

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January 31, 2018Jan 31, 2018

On Wednesday morning, a tragic report emerged about the sudden death of a former NBA star, Rasual Butler, and his wife, a former contestant on "American Idol," Leah LaBelle. 

The couple died in a horrific car crash on early Wednesday morning. They were pronounced dead at the scene. 

With the news of the tragedy, Butler's former teammates and competitors are speaking out, sharing their grief. Many people that knew Butler said that while he was a talented athlete, his character is what stood out. Below are the responses that have been given so far, originally curated by TMZ

Miami Heat

"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."

L.A. Clippers

"The L.A. Clippers are deeply saddened by the loss of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. Rasual will long be remembered not only for his accomplishments on the court, but for his vibrant personality, positive outlook and the compassion he had for everyone around him."

Indiana Pacers

"Our entire organization is deeply saddened after learning of the death of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. In his one season with us,  Rasual was the consummate team player and a great role model for our younger players on how a professional should prepare and act, while being a positive influence on everyone who associated with him. We offer our sincerest condolences to he and his wife's family."

Ray Allen

"I cannot believe this!!!! My heart is heavy! We lost a good one today! RIP Rasual you were such a great talent on the court but an even better man off it! My thoughts are with the entire Butler family as they mourn the tragic loss of their son/brother and his beautiful wife, Leah. Gone too soon. Rest in power."

Damon Jones

"RIP @RasualButler45! GOD please be with his kids and family during this difficult time!"

LaMarcus Aldridge

"Devastated to hear the news about the passing of my former teammate, Rasual, & his wife. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families during this difficult time. Rasual was an amazing teammate and an even better person. He will truly be missed!"

Kevin Love

"Incredibly sad news to hear about Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. Prayers to both of their families through this tough time."

Solomon Hill

"Lost an OG today, a true pro, a teacher,  and competitor, who was not only a great mentor but also a great father. @rasualbutler45 rest peacefully my brother. #gonetoosoon."

Paul Pierce

"So sad this morning to [hear] about my friend and teammate. RIP Rasual Butler appreciate the people around u because u never kno."

Reggie Miller

"Saddened by the news and the loss of Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. Talk about a great dude and family man. I know he had many stops during his 13 year NBA journey, but he was beloved because of his work ethic in Indiana. New Guardian Angels."

Kyle Lowry

"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 16-year-old who was one of your biggest fans..this is truly a sad day for me! RIP Sual bop my oldhead!!"

Austin Rivers

"It was a pleasure meeting you man. Getting to work with you last year was amazing. For you were not only a knowledgeable player...but more so a great man! Smh crazy this just happened. May you and your wife RIP in heaven."

Chauncey Billups

"I'm shocked, saddened and in disbelief about the news of my friend Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. May God be with their families. We will miss you 'Sul.."

Please be praying for the family and friends of Butler and LaBelle as they work through the grief of this sudden death. Share your prayers here! In other recent news, Mark Salling's friends just spoke out after his tragic death as well and revealed that he was a Christian.

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