Remember Moses Hightower from 'Police Academy'? He passed away wanting to lose weight

Ksenia Novikova
Aug 16, 2018
10:49 A.M.

The former NFL star and "Police Academy" actor Charles 'Bubba' Smith allegedly died of drug overdoze. The former football player turn actor was an icon to both sports and movie fans.


According to Daily Mail Smith died after taking too many diet pills.

The former NFL player, was most famous for his role as Moses Hightower on the ‘"Police Academy’" movie series, which became his most notable role.

Smith also appeared in movies like ‘"Stroker Ace’," "‘Blue Thunder’," "‘Black Moon Rising’," ‘"My Samurai’," "‘The Coach’," "‘Full Clip’," "‘Blood River,"’ and others. He also had several small television roles including, namely in "Half Nelson" and "Married with Children."


Smith only discovered his acting skills following his retirement from sports. He started out as an American professional football player, beginning his career as a defensive end in the National Football League while playing for the Baltimore Colts in 1967

Smith was found dead in his Los Angeles home. According to a Los Angeles County Coroner, Smith suffered 'acute phentermine intoxication.’ Phentermine is an appetite suppressant, a term used to describe weight-loss drugs. It was also reported that the actor had heart disease and high blood pressure. It appeared initially that he died of natural causes.


The caretaker is the one who found him and called 9-1-1. The police found Smith already dead when they arrived. Phentermine was found in his system and his heart weighed more than twice that of an average human heart.

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