“Road Trip” actress, television producer and plus size model Mia Amber Davis died Tuesday following complications from a routine surgery on her knee, sources confirm to FOX411.
An actress and model, the 36-year-old began her career as a producer for the 90s talk show “The Ricki Lake Show,” “Change of Heart” and “Divorce Court.” She was also face of retail company Ashley Stewart for years. But it was her role in the 2000 film “Road Trip as Rhonda, a plus size woman who seduces geeky character Kyle Edwards, played by actor DJ Qualls, that earned her national fame.
While an official cause of death has not been announced, Davis’ husband, comedian Michael Yard, tells TMZ.com that the actress went in for surgery Monday to correct an old college basketball injury on her knee. Davis spoke with her husband Tuesday from Los Angeles before complaining of dizziness. Hours later, Yard , who was in New York City where the couple lived, received a call from Davis’ cousin that she was dead.
“I want to know what happened to my wife,” Yard told TMZ.
Davis, who served as creative editor-at-large for Plus Model Magazine, was often considered to be one of the most successful plus size models working in the industry, modeling for brands like Lane Bryant, Just My Size, Ashley Stewart and Monif C.
She also appeared on “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency,” “Kimora’s Life in the Fab Lane’ and advocated for size-acceptance on several news networks.
Plus Model Magazine Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones tells FOX411 that Davis’ unexpected death is a devastating blow to the industry’s “mission for acceptance in the main stream modeling and fashion industry.”
“Mia Amber Davis was a woman of integrity who was adored by friends around the world,” Jones told FOX411. “As the curviest plus size model to grace brands like Just My Size and Ashley Stewart, she proudly represented for the millions of women who wear a size 18 and up, and inspired them to look and feel beautiful.”
“[She] created a career that spanned over ten years. Modeling was her work, but it was her mission to encourage plus size women everywhere to be happy and healthy at their size,” she added. “Her ‘Curvy Girls Rock’ t-shirts and tank tops, were huge sellers at plus sized events – and it was just another way for her mission statement to reach the masses.”
Fans took to Twitter and Facebook to mourn Davis’ death, with hundreds expressing shock and sadness at the news.
“RIP 2 sweet angel +model Mia Amber Davis! A true beauty inside+ out! U’ll be sorely missed! Our condolences 2 the Davis family.#GoneTooSoon,” Kimora Lee Simmons wrote.
“Heart is broken…Just found out my former producer Mia Amber (@MiaAmberDavis): passed away today. She’ll be missed,” Star Jones Tweeted.