American Idol

Tributes to Leah LaBelle pour in from her Idol family


Leah LaBelle died in an automobile accident early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.

And though she appeared on American Idol 15 years ago, her Idol family made it clear she was never forgotten.

Social media tributes to the 31-year-old also included Twitter statements from Paula Abdul, the judge who made sure Leah made it to the Season 3 finals, and Pharrell Williams, the man who produced her 2013 singles “Sexify” and “Lolita.”

Paul Abdul: @leahlabelle was beautiful & had the voice of an ANGEL. She was my wild card pick on @AmericanIdol. I’m heartbroken to know that she & her husband @RasualButler45 have passed away. What a horrible tragedy. I send my love and deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Pharrell Williams: “@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.”

Here are the tributes to Leah from her Season 3 colleagues on American Idol.

My heart is broken! ? R.I.P. ???? #angels #LeahLaBelle #RasualButler

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