LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
Monday, July 19, 1999
Pacific Area detectives are investigating the death of Lawrence Edward Smith, 50 years old. Smith, a former NFL football player, died in his sleep on Sunday, July 18, 1999. Smith went to bed on July 17, 1999, at approximately 11:00 p.m., and was discovered by his wife on July 18, 1999, at 2:00 p.m. Smith apparently died of natural causes.
Smith was under the care of a doctor and had several medical conditions. Cause of death is undetermined pending a postmortem examination by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
This investigation is not being considered as a homicide.
For Release 4:00 pm PDT
July 19, 1999