Actress Aarthi Agarwal, 31, who had acted in around 21 Telugu, Tamil and Hindi movies, died after suffering a cardiac arrest due to respiratory complications at a hospital in the US on Saturday, reports Indian Express.
Aarthi, who suffered from asthma for several years, had undergone a liposuction surgery about a month back but post-surgery she developed respiratory problems and is said to have suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday while recuperating at a hospital in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Aarthi Agarwal made her acting debut in Hindi movie ‘Pagalpan’ when she was only 16. The film bombed at the box office. She moved to Tollywood and made her Telugu debut in 2001 in the hit film ‘Nuvu Naaku Nachav’.
She did two other Telugu films that year and soon after, was regarded as the toast of Tollywood.
But Aarthi’s career began to slump in 2007, this was around the time she married an America-based engineer which ended in divorce 2 years later. Sources said:
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“From 2008 to 2015 she worked in only four films and was almost forgotten. I think she had put on weight and had decided to undergo surgery.”
Only on Friday, her latest film ‘Ranam 2’ in Telugu was released across theaters in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.