Leah LaBelle mourned by Pharrell, JoJo, Fantasia & more after fatal car crash with husband Rasual Butler

Celebrities and fans alike took to Twitter on Wednesday (Jan. 31) to mourn the loss of R&B singer and American Idol alum Leah LaBelle and her husband, ex-NBA star Rasual Butler. The couple were killed early Wednesday in a single-car accident in Studio City, California.

LaBelle appeared on season 3 of Idol, alongside Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia, back in 2004 and was later signed to Epic Records, in a joint deal between Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Records and Pharrell's I Am Other label. Butler played on several NBA teams during his 13-year career, including the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls. 

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Leah LaBelle throughout her life
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Leah LaBelle throughout her life
Leah Labelle during 'American Idol' Season 3 - Top 12 Finalists Party - Arrivals at Pearl in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Leah Labelle at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Leah LaBelle attends the American Idol Season 7's Top 24 Party at The Day After Club on February 14, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: TV personality Leah LaBelle attends the 10th Annual BMI Urban Awards at the Pantages Theatre on September 10, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Singer Leah LaBelle arrives at ELLE in Women Music 2012 at Avalon on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: (L-R) Pharrell Williams and Leah Labelle attend W.i.P on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: (L-R) Pharrell Williams, Leah Labelle, and Cedric The Entertainer attend W.i.P on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Singer Leah Labelle visits the Boy Meets Girl Lounge on May 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Leah Labelle is seen at Greenhouse on May 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 30: Singer Leah LaBelle arrives at the NYLON Magazine June/July Music Issue Launch Party With Shirley Manson at The Roxy Theatre on May 30, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Leah LaBelle attends the Summer Party on the HIGH LINE, Presented by COACH at The Highline on June 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Coach)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: (L-R) Jermaine Dupri, Leah LaBelle, and Pharrell visit BET's '106 & Park' at BET Studios on June 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 21: Singer Leah Labelle performs at Tribeca Grand Hotel on June 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: Recording artist Leah LaBelle arrives at the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 07: Leah LaBelle performs during the 2012 Essence Music Festival at Louisiana Superdome on July 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 11: Paul McCartney and Leah Labelle performed at Apollo In The Hamptons: A Night Of Legends at The Creeks on August 11, 2012 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 11: Leah Labelle attend Apollo In The Hamptons: A Night Of Legends at The Creeks on August 11, 2012 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 08: Singer Leah LaBelle arrives at the Soul Train Awards 2012 at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Centric)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Singer Leah LaBelle attends the 4th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Music honoring Lianne La Havas and Solange Knowles at Greystone Manor Supperclub on February 6, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Recording artists Leah LaBelle, Ciara and Ginny Blackmore attend the Pre-Grammy Showcase For Epic Records Recording Artist Ginny Blackmore at Beachers Madhouse at Roosevelt Hotel on February 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Epic Records)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Recording artist Leah Labelle arrives at BET Network's Music Matters Showcase 'Lipstick On The Mic' at Belasco Theatre on February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Leah Labelle performs at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase on February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for BET)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 24: R&B singer Leah LaBelle arrives at the Lavo Restaurant & Nightclub at The Palazzo Las Vegas on March 24, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 19: NBA player Rasual Butler (L) and singer Leah LaBelle attend The Players' Awards presented by BET at the Rio Hotel & Casino on July 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for BET)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 03: Leah LaBelle performs at Tru Hollywood on October 3, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Leah Labelle at Le Jardin on September 21, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagic)
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LaBelle charted two songs on Billboard's charts: "Sexify," which reached No. 89 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 23 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay charts in 2012, and "Lolita," which peaked at No. 7 on Dance Club Songs

See some of the reactions below, including from LaBelle's former label head Pharrell, onetime tourmate JoJo and fellow Idol season 3 contestant (and eventual winner) Fantasia.

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.@leahlabelle was beautiful & had the voice of an ANGEL. She was my wild card pick on @AmericanIdol. I’m heartbroke… https://t.co/HlFR2v2pS6
Four Angels in a week. My heart is just so heavy & broken. I'm in shock, numb and feel everything all at the same time. Leah & Rasual (one of my closest friends and her amazing other half who also was a great friend), Bryanna (my step sister) and Q (my little cousin), you were such bright lights in this crazy world. You made everyone better just by knowing them. And your smiles made anyone's day better. The world is less sparkly without you in it. Rest In Peace and Power. I love you forever. Find Miles and hug him for me. ♥️ Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Don't ever skip a chance to tell someone you appreciate them or how much you love them. Please, please continue to cover their families and our family with thoughts and prayers. #unicornsdontdie #sicklecellsux
Rest In Peace Angel Leah Labelle. You were truly a sweet soul. This is truly sad and unreal. Condolences to Leah’s Family and The Butler Family ❤️
@leahlabelle , your spirit was just as your voice; beautiful. Moments like these leave us with so many questions. What I don’t question is how much you loved God, how much you love your life partner and where you guys are now. Sing Sis, sing. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Leah. beautiful sister from another mister. You will NEVER EVER be forgotten. Your voice. Your spirit. Your light.… https://t.co/PmlEZME3uM
This just doesn’t seem right even saying right now but Rest In Peace Baby Girl 😢💔 @leahlabelle I will never forget you. Idol Family Forever
@leahlabelle RIP Angel 😇 I’m sitting here STUCK LIKE NOOOOOOO WAYYYYYYY!!! May the both of you Rest In Peace
Loved me some her @leahlabelle #heartbroken 💔 https://t.co/9764oEIcrd
I love you @leahlabelle. I’m still in disbelief and my heart is completely broken. You and @rasualbutler8 lived your life radiating love . I am so blessed that I got to experience that love in my life. My condolences to both of the families. The world just got a little dimmer today and we will miss your light. RIP Leah and Sual 😪💔
RIP RASUAL AND LEAH OMGGGG THIS IS SO SADD!!!!!!! 😢😢😢😢😢😢
rest peacefully sweetest one. #LeahLaBelle https://t.co/6dX2Zu1OCW
Rest In Peace my brother 🙏🏾#RasualButler
Come on man. Damn. The world just lost a great dude. RIP Rasual “Bop” Butler! https://t.co/tufRq2H3AI
Our hearts go out to the family, friends and many fans of our former Idol Leah LaBelle and her husband Rasual Butle… https://t.co/VYqpPVyE4K
I'm Terribly sorry to hear about the death of Rasual Butler and his wife. Thoughts & Prayers go out 2 his family an… https://t.co/d4yE8vP2dg
Rip Bro bro 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/92Oy2qPUaf
Show the people you care about most the love they deserve. Life is short. My deepest condolences to @RasualButler45… https://t.co/8YLREJi9hI
Very sad to hear about my guy Rasual and his wife Leah. Great people. Such a lost. Please pray for the family. https://t.co/AOLhJaxF7o
We send our thoughts and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah.… https://t.co/hjIQWkrB4j
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