Coroner: Bubba Smith died from overdose of diet pills

Chris Chase
Shutdown Corner

Bubba Smith died from an overdose of diet pills, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner report released Wednesday.

TMZ reported that the official coroner's report on Smith's Aug. 3 death listed "acute phentermine intoxication" as the first cause of death. Phentermine is a drug used to speed weight loss by suppressing appetite.

The former Baltimore Colts All-Pro, who became famous for roles in film, television and commercials after his career, was found dead this summer in his Los Angeles home. At the time, authorities believed the 66-year-old died of natural causes.

Smith was the first pick of the 1967 draft, won a Super Bowl with the Colts during the 1970 season and made an All-Pro team as a defensive end in 1971. He later appeared in the "Police Academy" movies and memorable advertisements from Miller Lite.

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