Best of 2011

A Farewell to the Stars We Lost This Year

From Elizabeth Taylor to Amy Winehouse, we pay tribute to the people whose lives touched us all

BUBBA SMITH

Athlete-turned-actor Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith's impressive 6-foot, 7-inch physique brought him NFL glory when he won the 1971 Super Bowl with the Baltimore Colts. His imposing height also won him his most famous movie role, as mild-mannered rookie cop Moses Hightower in six Police Academy movies. Smith died Aug. 3 at age of 66 – the result of heart disease, high blood pressure and toxic levels of the weight-loss drug Phentermine found in his system.