Bubba Smith's Death: Fans React
Police Academy and football star, Bubba Smith, was found dead in his Baldwin Hills home in Los Angeles Wednesday. The former NFL defensive lineman, who played Moses Hightower a florist who joined the police academy in the popular '80s films, was 66 and is believed to have died of natural causes.
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The outpouring of fans was so great after news of Smith's death broke that the term "Police Academy" became a national trending topic on Twitter.
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"How am I supposed to go on knowing that Hightower from the police academy movies is dead?" lamented Brad Stahl.
Twitter user McThicker wrote: "Bubba Smith died!? :-( Aww he was my favourite from Police Academy #RIP #Hightower"
"The streets will never be as safe. We're gonna miss you, Officer Hightower. #Police Academy" tweeted Robert Lowrie.
"Sad to hear that Bubba Smith passed away. My generation knew him beat from Police Academy movies; he seemed like a gentle giant. #Godspeed" said James Merllatt.
Newly-made Police Academy fan badachie said, "Having just recently watched all 7(!) Police Academy movies, I am inexplicably sad about Bubba Smith's
While long-time fan GeekMisconduct wrote: "Raising a glass to Bubba Smith tonight. Don't hate, I loved the Police Academy movies as a kid - saw #3 in theaters."
BelchSpeak took a more lighthearted approach, joking: "Dammit, There Goes Our Chances for Police Academy 16"
And Ray Olivera suggested a tribute idea, saying, "Lets all watch a Police Academy movie tonight #RIPHighTower"