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Bubba Smith, NFL star and 'Police Academy' actor, found dead at home

Photo: Actor and former Michigan State University football player Bubba Smith, right, hands back a football he autographed for Terry Braverman, director of the university's fund-raising arm, while attending the dedication of the new athletic Hall of Fame at the Clara Bell Smith Academic Center in East Lansing, Mich., Friday, Oct. 1, 1999. Both were on hand for the dedication. Credit: Daymon J. Hartley / Associated Press
Former NFL star and "Police Academy" movie actor Bubba Smith was found dead Wednesday at his Los Angeles home, according to police and coroner's office officials. He was 66.

The L.A. County coroner's office said it has not determined a cause of death, but officials believe he died of natural causes.

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Smith was found at his home on Sunlight Place in Baldwin Hills by a caretaker, police said.

Smith was an NFL defensive end and tackle for the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers. He later had a career in Hollywood as movie and TV actor.

Read more: No signs of foul play, police say

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Photo: Actor and former Michigan State University football player Bubba Smith, right, hands back a football he autographed for Terry Braverman, director of the university's fund-raising arm, while attending the dedication of a new athletic Hall of Fame at the Clara Bell Smith Academic Center in East Lansing, Mich., in 1999.

Credit: Daymon J. Hartley / Associated Press

 
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