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BUBBA SMITH

"POLICE ACADEMY" STAR

DEAD AT 66

8/3/2011 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bubba Smith DeadFormer NFL great Charles "Bubba" Smith -- who later starred in the "Police Academy" movies -- was found dead today in his Los Angeles home. He was 66 years old.

Law enforcement officials tell TMZ ... LAPD received a 911 call at 12:54PM today -- and officers responded to his home in the Baldwin Hills area. The fire department also responded and we're told Smith was dead when authorities arrived.

The L.A. County Coroner is on the scene investigating. We're told, at this point, authorities think he died of natural causes.

According to the L.A. Times, Bubba's caretaker discovered the body and called police. His autopsy will be performed later this week.

Bubba -- a towering 6'7" -- spent 9 seasons as a defensive end in the NFL, playing for the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders, and Houston Oilers.

He won Super Bowl V with the Colts -- but is most famous for his role as the giant and lovable Moses Hightower in 6 of the "Police Academy" movies.


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1.

Tanya    

RIP. He was a good actor.

990 days ago
2.

Murphman    

That totally sucks. Prayers go out to his family. Thanks for all the memories Bubba.

990 days ago
3.

King Beef    

That sucks. He and Tackleberry are the only good things about Police Academy.

990 days ago
4.

pink floyd    

rip. bubba

990 days ago
5.

leggo of my purse    

Sad to hear. RIP Hightower

990 days ago
6.

Alex    

How tragic, RIP Bubba

990 days ago
7.

God-Is-Busy    

66 is too soon. Rest in peace. Loved the police acadamy movies.

990 days ago
8.

Rage    

Remebers Bubba when he played football. Was funny back then too

RIP Bubba

990 days ago
9.

Emerald    

awwww, I loved him in Police Academy....hilarious. God Bless your family, rest in peace.

990 days ago
10.

Donald Ray    

Big Bubba was a helluva' player for the Baltimore Colts back in tha' day. Wonder if he was the model for the mystical "Bubba" in prison lol.

990 days ago
11.

Sarcia    

Man that's sad news. I always liked the big guy in Police Academy movies-- Bubba will be sorely missed. Wonder what happened?

My condolences goes out to his family and friends.

RIP Charles "Bubba" Smith

990 days ago
12.

God-Is-Busy    

...well apart from the last 3 which I thought were total rubbish and over the top. But the rest was really hilarious.

990 days ago
13.

Big Jim Slade    

Best wishes to his family for a true gentle giant.

990 days ago
14.

john wayne gacy    


when given the chance, a man will dig

his own grave, with a fork & spoon ....

990 days ago
15.

MOTORCITY FRED    

R.I.P. BUBBA..... he was the first overall pick in the 1967 nfl draft out of michigan state

990 days ago
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