'Police Academy' actor and NFL star Charles 'Bubba' Smith dies
August 3rd, 2011
06:41 PM ET

'Police Academy' actor and NFL star Charles 'Bubba' Smith dies

Former NFL star and movie actor Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith has died, the Los Angeles Coroner's Chief of Forensic Examinations said.

Smith spent nine seasons in the NFL as a defensive end in the '60s and '70s. He's perhaps best known for his role as Moses Hightower in the "Police Academy" movies.

Police and fire officials were called to Smith's Baldwin Hils house after "he was found unresponsive," and pronounced him dead, said Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations and investigation for the coroner. The body will be taken to the coroner's office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death, Winter said.

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  1. Pippy

    When I read the word "bubba" died, I thought it was Bill Clinton.

    Then I saw the big black guy....

    August 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    Thanks for the entertainment. A guy I coulda used for a big brother. RIP.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • gummyballz

      No doubt, He was a hell of a star on and off the field, as well as the screen....
      RIP

      August 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ohsnap

    That's it? What kind of article is that? A skimpy two paragraph blurb?

    August 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dill Weed

      You could read it twice. I'm just saying.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bill sease

    cnn please re-do your vidio policy no one wants a 30 sec commercial

    August 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Songbird

    That is all they could say about him?

    August 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. spacehippiecowboy

    You jerks could have given us a bit more information about this guy. I mean, what gives? I don't care about sports at all (I'm a writer and I focus on fiction) but jeez, yu bothered to mention him and then tell us nothing.
    Go home.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • slipery

      Your a writer, but cant spell you ( yu). Get a job with fox news. Hahahaha

      August 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy Who?

      Dear 'slipery', I take it you are NOT a writer, otherwise, you would have spelled you're, not your.....

      August 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • sigh

      'Slipery', learn how to write if you're going to criticize others. Also, isn't your name supposed to be spelled "Slippery"? Huqued on fonix werckd 4 mi.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      LOL a writer that can't spell, you just made an utter fool of yourself.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pauli

      Slipery is a dip-poop. He can't spell either. "Your"

      August 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. unowhoitsme

    CNN, another incomplete article. Where do you get your reporters? (They aren't journalists!) Who's your editor in chief?

    August 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Nick

    Censored by the Communist News Network aka CNN.........quit complaining about the restiction of news comrades

    August 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tifoso

      Your statement shows how ignorant you are of both journalism and communism. Since you accused CNN of being Communist, how about giving us one concrete example – not a bunch of generalities – giving time and date and headline – when CNN advocated 1. government ownership of all means of production and raw materials 2. all workers being paid the same wage. Or admit you do not know what you are writing about. Or are you just parroting what Fox News told you to say?

      August 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Veronica

    No doubt a great actor/Athlete. RIP

    August 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pauli

      "A great actor"???? Lets not get carried away.

      August 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. What was never reported in the news.

    lost in the endless drama of the debt-ceiling negotiations, but last week, the Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives launched an unprecedented attack on the U.S.'s environmental protections. GOP Representatives added rider after rider to the 2012 spending bill for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department, tacking on amendments that would essentially prevent those agencies — charged with protecting America's air, water and wildlife — from doing their jobs.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tammie

    So sad for his family, my prayers are with them for Peace. You'll be missed....

    August 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BT

    Geez if you would actually read and process the words in the article you can deduce that 1. Bubba Smith has passed away, and 2. They don't know anything else at this time. Happens all the time–stay tuned, you short attention apan ADHD millenials...

    August 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    rest in Gods hands you gential giant, with much love.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TRISH ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hey, will you guys visit HelpFaye.ORG , a friend of mine with 2 babies is fighting for her life... Thank you

    August 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steeeve

    Verizon's homepage had a better writeup than this one. Sucks that he's gone because of the B-more football love, and Police Academy flicks.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
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