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Charles “Bubba” Smith, a former football player best known for his role as Hightower in the Police Academy franchise, passed away today. He was 66.

A bit before 1 p.m. local time, police responded to a call from Smith’s Baldwin Hills home. They arrived and found the actor already dead inside. He is believed to have died of natural causes.

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Bubba played defense end for nine seasons with the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders, and Houston Oilers. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the former team, but will forever be remembered for his character of Officer Moses Hightower in six films.

Our thoughts go out to his loved ones.