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Rasual Butler, wife dead following car crash

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Tragic news on a former Pacer who was beloved during his time with the team.

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Former Indiana Pacers forward, Rasual Butler is dead after a fatal car crash early Wednesday morning in California.

According to TMZ, Butler, 38 and his wife Leah LaBelle both died when Butler lost control of his Range Rover, hit a parking meter and flip the car into a wall. Awful news.

Butler played the 2013-14 NBA season with the Pacers, one of 13 total seasons in his NBA career in which he was a reliable rotation player for several teams.

Butler was a pro’s pro during his season on a Pacers team that reached the Eastern Conference finals despite plenty of nonsense which broke out after an extremely strong start to the season. He always stayed ready while remaining a low-maintenance veteran on the roster, playing in 50 games, mostly as part of a veteran reserve unit alongside Luis Scola, C.J. Watson and Ian Mahinmi.

Earlier this year, Nate McMillan praised veteran reserve Damien Wilkins for his readiness to contribute on short notice by comparing his approach to how Butler remained ready when he was with the Pacers.

Rest in peace, Rasual.

Update with condolences from Pacers.