Back in late January, a car driven by former NBA player Rasual Butler lost control, flipped and hit a wall, killing himself and his wife, R&B singer Leah LaBelle (you may remember her from American Idol in 2004). It was a tragedy for a player beloved and respected by both teammates and opponents. Butler was just 38.
Friday the coroner’s report was released and it pointed to drugs and alcohol as the cause of the 2 a.m. one-car accident. From ESPN:
An autopsy report shows former NBA player Rasual Butler had both drugs and alcohol in his system at the time of the single-vehicle crash that killed him and his wife on Jan 31.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office reports reveals alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamie and oxycodone were in Butler’s system. An empty tequila bottle was also found in the back seat of the Range Rover he was driving.
Butler grew up in Philly and was a playground legend in Philly, then he played four years at LaSalle University. He was drafted in the second round by the Miami Heat back in 2004, went on to play 13 NBA seasons (for the Heat, Hornets, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Wizards, Pacers, and most recently in 2015-16 for the Spurs) as a swingman who could defend, hit threes, play within the system and be solid every night. Last season he played in Ice Cube’s Big3 league.