Former Clippers player Rasual Butler and wife killed in Studio City crash

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Former L.A. Clippers player Rasual Butler, left, was killed in a Studio City crash.
(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

Former Los Angeles Clippers player Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a crash Wednesday morning in Studio City, authorities said.

About 2:25 a.m., Butler lost control of his vehicle as he was going west on Ventura Boulevard, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. The car struck a curb, three parking meters, a concrete wall and several other objects.

The Land Rover flipped twice before coming to rest in a parking lot in the 11200 block of Ventura Boulevard. Butler, 38, and his wife, Leah LaBelle Vladowski, 31, were killed.

Vladowski was a singer who appeared on “American Idol.” The two are pictured in multiple photos together on social media.


Preliminary information reveals speed might have been a factor in the crash, Lopez said.

Investigators said the vehicle was traveling between 60 mph and 90 mph around a curve where the speed limit is 30 mph, news outlets reported.

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7:10 p.m.: This article was updated to reflect the passenger was Butler’s wife.

12:45 p.m.: This article was updated with details about the female passenger.

This article was originally published at 12 p.m.

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