Davis underwent surgery to correct an old sports injury in Los Angeles on Monday (09May11), but she was re-admitted to a hospital on Tuesday (10May11) after complaining of dizziness. She later lost consciousness and was subsequently declared dead.
Her husband of three years, Mike Yard, has been left devastated by the sudden loss and is demanding answers, telling TMZ.com, “I want to know what happened to my wife.”
The star rose to fame as one of the first black full-figured models and branched out into acting in 2000, when she landed a role in director Todd Phillips’ hit comedy Road Trip, starring as Rhonda, the curvaceous love interest of actor DJ Qualls’ geeky character Kyle Edwards. At the time of the shoot, she weighed in at 300 pounds (136 kilograms).
She went on to appear as an uncredited stand-in for rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah in TV movie Life Support and romantic comedy The Perfect Holiday, both in 2007.
Hip-hop star Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson of The Roots has paid tribute to Davis on his Twitter.com page, writing, “Road Trip was JUST on TV night b4 (sic) last! R.I.P. Mia Amber Davis, Plus-Size Model & Road Trip Comic Seductress.”