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Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom Make Nice Over Rasual Butler Death

Recently, things between Khloe Kardashian and her ex, Lamar Odom, haven’t exactly been ideal. To the point where Lamar threw shade at Khloe that was so unkind that he got slammed by Kim.

But then, an unthinkable tragedy struck them both.

Sometimes, shared grief brings people together to make peace. It’s important to remember what really matters.

Not everyone gets along with their exes. For Khloe and Lamar, things are … more complicated.

Though their divorce was already well underway, when Lamar had his health crisis a few years ago, Khloe dropped everything to be by his side.

That included stalling their divorce process so that Khloe could continue to make decisions for Lamar until he was able to speak for himself.

(Most wives wouldn’t exactly slow down a divorce after their husband visits a brothel, but these were … special circumstances)

Fastforward to 2018, however, and though Lamar himself made a profound recovery, his relationship with Khloe has soured significantly.

As we all know, Khloe Kardashian is pregnant with Tristan Thompson’s baby.

Lamar was asked about it, and though he started off politely enough, he decided to make what sounded like an underhanded jab at his ex.

“I’m happy for her,” he said at the time.

“She took good care of me. She’ll be a good mother, for real. She’s a great woman.”

However, after acknowledging that he still has Khloe’s initials tattooed on his body (from when they got married), he goes out of his way to clarify that he’s not pining after her. He just hasn’t gotten around to getting the tattoo removed.

“I understand when it’s over, it’s over. When she was with her second or third NBA ball player, I could see that.”

Naturally, that bit of unpleasantness was what got Kim Kardashian to threaten to ruin Lamar Odom if he comes after Khloe again.

On Wednesday morning, Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle, died in a one-car wreck in Studio City.

Rasual was a former NBA player.

Leah was a contestant on American Idol in 2004.

It appears that the car, a Range Rover, somehow spun out of control, resulting in the deadly crash.

Many friends of the pair are in mourning over this devastating loss.

RadarOnline reports that they have learned that Khloe and Lamar buried the hatchet while both mourning the loss of their friend.

Rasual had actually appeared on Khloe & Lamar back in the day, when he was dating Malika Haqq.

A source close to Lamar reported that: “Lamar is crushed about Rasual’s death, and it was shocking for Khloe, too.”

And the tragic situation caused the exes to contact each other.

“Khloe and Lamar talked after they heard about Rasual’s death. “

And the source sheds a little insight over how the two of them are feeling.

“She told him that she was so sad about the accident. And he is numb.”

Different people respond to sudden horrible news in different ways.

Let’s be clear — this story in no way suggests that Khloe and Lamar are rekindling romantic feelings for each other.

But it’s good and healthy for exes like these two to be able to communicate in an honest way. This sadness strikes at them both.

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Rasual Butler, Former NBA Guard, Dies in Car Crash

Very sad news today out of the sports world:

Rasual Butler, a veteran former NBA shooting guard who played for eight teams over the course of his career, died this morning in a one-car accident.

He was 38 years old.

According to TMZ, the fatal crash took place around 2 a.m. in Studio City, California after Butler lost control of his Range Rover.

The vehicle reportedly flipped over, struck a parking meter and crashed into a wall.

No official report has been filed, but police believe the car was speeding prior to the accident.

Butler’s wife, Leah LaBelle, also died in the wreck.

A singer signed to Epic Record, she finished in 12th place on season three of American Idol back in 2004.

Here is a picture of the late couple:

Butler was drafted in the second round by the Miami Heat in 2002.

He finished his career with a three-point shooting percentage of 36, while averaging 7.5 points per game.

He last played in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs in 2016 and last played at all professionally for Ice Cube’s BIG3 league just last year.

In response to the tragic news, current and former NBA players took to Twitter in order to express their condolences.

Wrote Matt Barnes: “Rip to the homie Rasual Butler & his wife!! Condolences to the butler family & friends. Damn Bro.”

And Marcin Gortat: “Omg….. RIP Rasual Butler :(( terrible News.”

And Marcus Camby: “Rip my brother.”

And Damon Jones: “RIP @RasualButler45!! GOD please be with his kids and family during this difficult time!”

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LaBelle, meanwhile, rose to viral fame by sharing a number of cover videos on YouTube.

She auditioned for American Idol in New York City, at the age of 17 singing “I Believe in You and Me”, a song popularized by Whitney Houston.

The aspiring artist received a golden ticket to Hollywood, meaning she was one of the more impressive hopefuls early on.

In the end, however, LaBelle fell just short of making the Top 10, which would have earned her a spot in the live performance episodes.

She was brought back for the wild card show and was selected by Paula Abdul to advance to the finals.

After performing during the Top 12’s soul Week, LaBelle received the lowest amount of votes and was eliminated from the show, thereby not qualifying for the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2004.

May both LaBelle and Butler rest in peace.

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