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'Police Academy' Star Bubba Smith Found Dead at Home

August 4, 2011, 1:21 am GMT

The former NFL star, who played Moses Hightower in the 'Police Academy' franchise, passed away at the age of 66 on Wednesday, August 3, and is believed to have died of natural causes.



Former NFL star-turned-actor Bubba Smith has passed away. A spokesman for Los Angeles police said that the 66-year-old, who is known for his role as Moses Hightower in "Police Academy" movies, was found dead at his home on Sunlight Place in Baldwin Hills on Wednesday, August 3.

The body of the former defensive lineman, whose real name is Charles Aaron Smith, was discovered by his caretaker. While an autopsy will be conducted later this week to determine the exact cause of his death, police said there were no signs of foul play. Authorities also believe he died of natural causes.

Bubba was a star college football player at Michigan State University. He began his NFL career in 1967 and played nine seasons with the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers. Throughout his career, the 6-foot-7 went to two Pro Bowls and won Super Bowl V with the Colts in 1970.

After retiring in 1976, Bubba pursued a career in the entertainment industry. He guest-starred in such TV series as "Good Times", "Charlie's Angels", and "Taxi", before making his big break with 1984 comedy film, "Police Academy" alongside Steve Guttenberg and Kim Cattrall. His more recent credits include "Married...With Children" and 2010 indie horror "Blood River".

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