The L.A. Times is reporting that Bubba Smith, a star NFL defensive end who parlayed his gridiron success into a career in Hollywood, was found dead today in his Baldwin Hills home. Though a cause of death has not yet been determined, police say there are no indications of foul play. Known for his fearsome size (he was 6’7″), Smith twice earned All-America honors at Michigan State before joining the NFL, where he played for nine seasons as a member of the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders, and Houston Oilers. He turned to acting in the late ’70s, and became best-known for his role as Moses Hightower in Police Academy. He was 66.
Source: LA Times