Former NFL star, actor Bubba Smith dies

Former NFL defensive end and actor Charles

Former NFL defensive end and actor Charles "Bubba" Smith reacts to having his jersey number retired before a Michigan State NCAA football game in East Lansing, Mich., Sep. 23, 2006. (JOHN GRESS/Reuters)

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Bubba Smith, the former NFL star and "Police Academy" movie actor, has died at the age of 66.

It is believed Smith died of natural causes, but authorities said an autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Police said there were no signs of foul play at Smith's home in Baldwin Hills, Calif., where he was found dead Wednesday afternoon

His caretaker discovered the body and called police.

The autopsy will be performed later this week.

Smith was a 6-foot-7 defensive end and tackle for the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers from 1967 through 1976.

He also was a star college football player at Michigan State University. Smith played in one of the most famous college games, dubbed "The Game of the Century" by the media, against Notre Dame. The 1966 game between the top two ranked teams ended in a 10-10 tie.

He went on to a career as an actor and as a pitchman for Miller Lite.

He was best known as Officer Moses Hightower in the "Police Academy" movies.


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