La terrible nouvelle a été rapportée par TMZ : Rasual Butler ainsi que son épouse, Leah LaBelle Vladowski ont perdu la vie hier soir à Los Angeles, 2h30 heure locale, suite à un accident de voiture. L’ancien sniper aurait perdu le contrôle de son véhicule, les images de son Range Rover sont aussi tristes qu’impressionnantes. Ce baroudeur, drafté par le Heat en 2002 et ayant connu par la suite 7 autres franchises avant de se retirer en 2016 avec les Spurs, a laissé un bon souvenir partout où il est passé. Les témoignages venant des 4 coins de la NBA sont en tout cas unanimes sur l’image du natif de Philadelphie.
Exceptionnellement, au vu de l’émotion suscitée par cette nouvelle, cette édition comprend également des posts Instagram.
# Ses anciennes franchises sont évidemment montées au créneau pour rendre hommage à leur ancien protégé.
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. pic.twitter.com/djezmpHd5h
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) 31 janvier 2018
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 pic.twitter.com/Anc7wZoMJ4
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) 31 janvier 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/Hti86knOXa
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) 31 janvier 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. Our sincere thoughts and condolences go out to their friends and family. pic.twitter.com/4g8nGeovaS
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) 31 janvier 2018
We are deeply saddened at the passing of former Toronto Raptor Rasual Butler. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/zoEzcVBHaW
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) 31 janvier 2018
Our entire organization is deeply saddened after learning of the death of former Pacers player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. pic.twitter.com/ezdVkM12PG
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) 31 janvier 2018
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) 31 janvier 2018
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) 31 janvier 2018
# Les joueurs, qu’ils soient anciens coéquipiers ou non, sont également profondément touchés.
Come on man. Damn. The world just lost a great dude. RIP Rasual “Bop” Butler! https://t.co/tufRq2H3AI
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) 31 janvier 2018
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!
— Lamarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12) 31 janvier 2018
Damn this one hurts! RIP Rasual Butler & his wife Leah. Sounds so cliche, but Rasual was really one of the good ones!!
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) 31 janvier 2018
Very sad day for me, Rasual was not only a great teammate but great guy in this league. My prayers and condolences go out to their families.
RIP 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/ZdcDPBcHIG
— Eric Gordon (@TheofficialEG10) 31 janvier 2018
Saddened to hear of Rasual Butler and his wife’s passing. He was a great guy and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. 🙏🏽
— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) 31 janvier 2018
RIP Philly legend Rasual Butler. Praying for his family🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) 31 janvier 2018
Rasual and i my rookie year in Miami. This was my first public appearance and i was nervous to go along—So Sual joined to make it easier on me. That’s who he was—A great individual that was always there for people when they needed him. Today is a sad day—Sual’s family, his wife’s family and his NBA family mourn the lost of a great man. R.I.P philly boy Rasual Butler!
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 16year old who was one of your biggest fans.. this is truly a sad day for me !! RIP Sual bop my oldhead!!
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— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) 31 janvier 2018
This one hurts. Lost a good dude. Learn a lot from a humble individual. Rest easy to you and your wife! #RasualButler
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) 31 janvier 2018
Rest In Peace my brother 🙏🏾#RasualButler
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) 31 janvier 2018
The basketball world lost a good one today. R.I.P. to Rasual Butler, one of the realest people I ever played with. The world is going to miss your presence.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) 31 janvier 2018
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Wow! Bro gave me so much knowledge! Great dude if you never meet him! This one touches the soul! Prayers to his family and friends! Rest Easy Old Ni***! #RasualButler
— The Jonathon Simmons (@ThaRealJsimms) 31 janvier 2018
Man I’m heartbroken over the news of a good friend passing last night. Rasual was a great help to me during my draft process. Gave me great advice and was just a all around good person. I’ll miss you bro. Prayers to you and your family. Can’t believe it. #RIP
— Terrence Ross (@TFlight31) 31 janvier 2018
Incredibly sad news to hear about Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. Prayers to both of their families through this tough time.
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) 31 janvier 2018
Rip to the homie Rasual Butler & his wife!! Condolences to the butler family & friends. Damn Bro 🙏🏽😪
— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) 31 janvier 2018
Rip Bro bro 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/92Oy2qPUaf
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) 31 janvier 2018
😢 hurt about this one! I’ve read almost everyones post about Sul and all of them were spot on about who he was as a person. Truly one of the best human beings I’ve been around and an unbelievable vet! Gone miss you big bro! The 2 of you were angels that were meant to be!! Sending my love and condolences to the family! Love
Damn! Smh! My prayers go out to the Butler family. I spent many nights my rookie year running with the Philly dog! My first encounter with anyone from Philly and immediately knew he was just like me. We held each other down. U and ur wife will be missed Rasual “Bop” Butler! pic.twitter.com/kuGORxOhVG
— Udonis Haslem (@ThisIsUD) 31 janvier 2018
— Solomon Hill (@solohill) 31 janvier 2018
Sad, what a shock after knowing the news about my former teammate and good friend Rasual Butler and his wife Leah. Rasu, we won’t ever forget you. All my prayers and thoughts for his family and loved ones 🙏#SadDay #RIPRasu #RasualButler pic.twitter.com/YMqGv95qco
— kevin seraphin (@kslife7) 31 janvier 2018
I’m hurt man, still in shock, I don’t believe it…not you, you were too good man…feels like I just seen you like yesterday, the both of you…even tho we were teammates for a short period, we bonded like brothers…had an energy that was unmatched, we will miss you good brova, you and Leah both #RIP @rasualbutler8 @leahlabelle prayers up to your families 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
Rasual was a great teammate, professional, and friend. I only played with him a short time but his voice was always one you could rely on for a positive message and encouragement. His smile and his energy was always present and it’s what I’ll forever remember about him. Terrible to hear about him and his wife passing this morning. Two beautiful people that the world will truly miss. Rest easy
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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 becasue of his work ethic in Indiana. New guardian Angels..
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) 31 janvier 2018
# La NBA aussi, rend hommage à son ancien joueur.
The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle.
A pro’s pro, Rasual enjoyed a long, successful career and was widely respected by his peers and coaches. We grieve with their loved ones during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/zNH93MVvpM
— NBA (@NBA) 31 janvier 2018
Rasual Butler est décédé à 38 ans, son épouse en avait 31, le couple n’avait pas eu d’enfants auparavant, mais la chanteuse de R&B avait une fille, prénommée Raven, qu’elle avait eu au cours d’une précédente relation. Elle avait même choisi d’adopter le nom de famille de l’ancien Heat, qui lui avait laissé un message émouvant sur Instagram il y a quelques jours. Butler a laissé une trace indélébile dans la tête des coéquipiers qu’il a pu croiser au cours de sa carrière longue de 13 saisons… Rest In Peace, Rasual.