New details emerged in the death of NBA player Rasual Butler

Rebelander Basilan
Jun 05, 2018
11:56 P.M.
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According to the autopsy, Rasual Butler had multiple substances in his system at the time of his fatal crash.


Former NBA player Butler and his wife, American Idol alum Leah LaBelle, were killed immediately in a car accident in Studio City, California, on January 31, 2018.

An autopsy report from the Los Angeles County coroner's office shows that Butler had methamphetamine, painkillers, marijuana and a blood alcohol content of .118 in his system, as reported by KTLA.

As for LaBelle, she had a .144 blood alcohol level.

The report stated that an empty box of Don Julio tequila was found at the crash scene.


Butler died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries, including blunt force head trauma and fractures.

The Los Angeles Police Department previously reported that Butler was behind the wheel of a Range Rover when he lost control and crashed into parking meters and a concrete wall.

Police also reported that Butler was driving 60 to 90 mph at the time.

The tragic accident occurred around 2:30 AM in the 11200 block of Ventura Boulevard.


Butler, 38, and his wife, LaBelle, 31, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The couple's bodies were cremated and Butler's ashes were given to Raven, his adult daughter.

In the wake of their death, the Los Angeles Clippers released a statement.


"The L.A. Clippers are deeply saddened by the loss of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle," the statement read. "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."

Butler last played in the league in 2016. Aside from the Los Angeles Clippers, he also played for several NBA teams, including the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, and San Antonio Spurs.

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