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Report: Former Wizards forward Rasual Butler and his wife killed in single-car crash

Washington Wizards' Rasual Butler in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Former Washington Wizards forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-car crash early Wednesday morning in Studio City, California, according to TMZ and ESPN.com.

ESPN reports Butler died at the scene of the accident after his Range Rover hit parking meters and a wall before rolling into a parking lot. According to TMZ, Butler's wife Leah LaBelle was in the vehicle with him.

On Wednesday, the Wizards offered their condolences to the Butler family.

"The Wizards organization sends our thoughts and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah. During his time with the Wizards and throughout his career, Rasual was a great teammate, a positive member of the community and a consummate professional. He will be remembered fondly and missed throughout the entire NBA family."

Butler played for the Wizards during the 2014-15 season, and also played for the Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, and the San Antonio Spurs.

The Pelicans organization also tweeted their condolences to the Butler family.

"The Pelicans are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. Rasual was a consummate professional and a kind, caring and passionate person who was endeared in the New Orleans community. Our prayers are with their families and loved ones."

The Heat also shared their thoughts.

"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."

The NBA paid their respects to Butler and his wife.

Several current and former NBA players took to Twitter and paid tribute to Butler.

Wizards guard John Wall tweeted, "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."

Wizards center Marcin Gortat tweeted, "Omg....RIP Rasual Butler :(( terrible News."

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said, "Incredibly sad news to hear about Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. Prayers to both of their families through this tough time."

Former player Matt Barnes tweeted, "RIP to the homie Rasual Butler & his wife!! Condolences to the butler family & friends. Damn Bro."

Former player Damon Jones tweeted, "RIP @RasualButler45!! GOD please be with his kids and family during this difficult time!"

San Antonio Spurs power forward Lamarcus Aldridge tweeted, "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!"


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