Steve Guttenberg just released a statement to TMZ about the passing of his good friend and "Police Academy" co-star Bubba Smith.
"Bubba was my friend. His generosity was far larger than his physical stature."
He adds, "Only his gift for caring about his friends and family could compare with his achievements on the football field, film and television. He also laughed like no other."
Smith was found dead in his L.A. home yesterday -- he was 66 years old.