Angie Everhart Cancer Confirmed, Former ‘Sports Illustrated’ Model’s Surgery Tomorrow

Angie Everhart’s cancer diagnosis was confirmed Monday afternoon, with multiple entertainment sites saying that the former Sports Illustrated model’s rep had revealed that the sad rumors were true.

Word has been trickling out,” the rep said. “[I]it is true that she has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, however, the prognosis is very good.”

Her surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. The rep added that Angie Everhart released the cancer news in the hope that her openness will “encourage people to learn about cancer prevention, its signs and treatment immediately.”

The 43-year-old model-turned-actress first appeared in fashion magazines like Glamour as a teen. She was a popular favorite who appeared several times in the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

She also appeared nude as a cover feature for the Feb. 2000 issue of Playboy.

Angie Everhart’s striking red hair made her a natural for a visual medium like film as well. Her first movie appearance was a small cameo in 1993’s Last Action Hero, and she has continued to work steadily over the years. In 2011, she appeared in the comedy Take Me Home Tonight.

She has also made multiple appearances on reality TV, popping up on everything from The Real Gilligan’s Island to The Ex-Wives Club.

But it’s beautiful hair that has always made her stand out. She has won awards for her long red hair, including 2006 and 2010 championships for the Super-Hair World Cup which celebrates women who wear some of the most beautiful hair in the world.

Everhart currently represents the Ruby Reds Superfood Drink Mix, which maker New Vitality calls “the superfood you drink.” Whether or not you’re a fan of such drinks — and I may as well admit that I am — you have to agree that she looks terrific.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Angie Everhart’s cancer surgery goes smoothly tomorrow.

[Angie Everhart photo by cinemafestival / Shutterstock.com]