"Original Smokey Bear Dies" Broadcast Script, c. 1976, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Consists of a typewritten 3-page television broadcast script titled "Original Smokey Bear Dies" released by the U.S. Forest Service when Smokey Bear died on November 9, 1976. The script says he died of just plain "old age," details his life history and notes that Smokey Bear junior was continuing his work. The three minute piece included several images of Smokey and instructions for when to insert them..