The well known star from Police Academy, Charlies “Bubba” Smith’s death has been revealed as taking too much Phentermine. Phentermine is a term for diet pills or a weight loss drug. Officials also say that the Police Academy star has heart disease with an enlarged heart and up to 75% blockage of some blood vessels and high-blood pressure.
On August 3, 2011 the 66 year old Charlies “Bubba” Smith was found dead by his caretaker. Police were called to go to the Baldwin Hills area to his home at 1 p.m. were Charlies Smith was found dead.
The caretaker said to emergency service:
“I went to knock on the door and I got nothing back at all. I can’t get the door open as if something’s blocking the back of the door. I don’t know what’s going on.”
It first appeared as a natural cause death, but autopsy reports that he died from “acute intoxication of the drug along with other conditions.”
Charlies “Bubba” Smith was 6′ 7″ 300 pounds and played pro football, NFL, for Baltimore Colts from 1967 to 1966. He played five seasons with the Colts and played in the 1971 Super Bowl. He also played two seasons with Oakland and Houston both. His number 95 jersey was retired in 2006.
Smith’s NFL career ended when he was injured. He then moved into acting in the early 1970’s. You may remember him from some appearances in Miller Lite Beer commercials. He had several small TV roles including in Half Nelson, Good Times, Charlie’s Angels and Married With Children.
The best known acting role for Bubba Smith is from Police Academy in 1984 where he was “Cadet Moses Hightower.” He appeared in all of the seven sequels but one.
Watch a piece of video of Police Academy below:
- Coroner: Bubba Smith died of drug intoxication (espn.go.com)
- Coroner: Bubba Smith died of drug intoxication (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)