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'Police Academy' Star Bubba Smith

Died from Diet Pill Overdose

11/2/2011 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Police Academy" star and NFL legend Bubba Smith died from taking too many diet pills ... this according to the L.A. County Coroner.

The Coroner just released the actor's causes of death -- the first of which was "acute phentermine intoxication." Phentermine is the generic name for a weight loss medication.

According to the Coroner, other conditions that may have contributed to Bubba's death include heart disease and hypertension.

Bubba -- who was a towering 6'7" -- passed away on August 3rd. He was 66.

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SAY WHAT    

R.I.P. BUBBA

1057 days ago
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anon.    

R.I.P.

1057 days ago
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Spring    

I jus*****ched the Married with Children where Bubba was Al Bundy's high school football rival...very very funny. Thank you so much for the laughs. The world misses you.

1057 days ago
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birdbath    

Rest in Peace Bubba. Go Green.

1057 days ago
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Sonja    

That's too bad, another prescription drug claims a life.

1057 days ago
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jetfanglo    

STILL a legend , Bubba.........rest in peace

1057 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

It's so sad that Mr. Bubba was likely trying to save his life by losing weight. Especially if he knew he had heart problems.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Bubba.

1057 days ago
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bunny    

That's horrible. He takes something to have energy to make it through the day and lose weight and it kills him just like some hardcore drug would. If he has a wife, it's time to sue.

1057 days ago
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SantaFeJack    

An obviously nice man who lived his life without scandal. A cautionary tale, however, because I was not aware one could OD on diet pills.

1057 days ago
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Larry    

My doctor put me on that stuff and I dropped 33-pounds in the first 30-days. I felt nervous and twitchy all the time, and none of my clothes fit me. But he wouldn't refill the Rx for me....

1057 days ago
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La Mom    

Poor Bubba. RIP sweet man. But I gotta say, weight loss meds? That man has always been slim. My money says he was taking them from the amphetamine-like kick. Speed. Perhaps he needed the extra energy, I know exactly what that's like. But sadness nonetheless. Goodbye friend. God bless.

1057 days ago
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Jackie    

LOL...He died in August and we are in November. TMZ you suck.

1057 days ago
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There's a problem here    

Holy crap man, a phentermine overdose? It's a wonder the top of his head didn't blow off. He must have been on freaking warp speed. Who OD's on uppers? Crazy.

1057 days ago
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New Orleans    

Poor Bubba. I saw him trying to keep up with that young hottie. Probably why he was taking those diet drugs.

1057 days ago
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Physical Graffiti    

Phentermine is from Satan's pharmacy. I took it for a few months and I was extremely irritable

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