Tollywood actress Aarthi Agarwal, 31, dies at a US hospital


Tollywood actress Aarthi Agarwal died following a cardiac arrest due to respiratory problems, at a hospital in the US on Saturday.

The 31-year-old actress, who suffered from asthma for several years, had undergone a liposuction surgery about a month ago, but developed post operative complications and was admitted to a hospital in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was having respiratory problems and suffered a heart attack, resulting in her death on June 6.

On Friday, just a day before her death, her latest Telugu film ‘Ranam 2? was released across theatres in Andhra Pradesj and Telangana.

Aarthi made her acting debut at a young age of 16 in Bollywood movie ‘Pagalpan’ in 2001, but it didn’t work in her favour. She shifted to Telugu movies where her debut film was a super hit. She went on to do more films in Tollywood and in Tamil as well.

Aarthi is one of the few non-Telugu speaking actresses who shared screen space with Tollywood superstars like K Chiranjeevi, N Balakrishna, A Nagarjuna, D Venkatesh, G Mahesh Babu, Ravi Teja, and NTR Junior.

The actress, after giving some successful films, hit a rough patch in her film career and was not getting any roles.

“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,” an official of the Movie Artists Association was quoted as saying. It is said that Aarthi was battling depression and obesity during this period.

Aarthi’s co-actor in the 2002 the hit Telugu movie `Nee Sneham’ V Uday Kiran had committed suicide in 2014, after his financial condition deteriorated for not getting any new roles. In fact, Aarthi too is believed to have attempted suicide in March, 2005 at her home in Hyderabad after failing to get new film offers.

Aarthi’s father Shashank Agarwal said she suffered a heart attack due respiratory problems. However, he did not mention any liposuction related surgery.

Tollywood actors took to Twitter to express their condolences. Manchu Manoj wrote, “Rip Arathi Agarwal .... Such a heart breaking news ...” “Rip Arathi Agarwal .... Such a heart breaking news,” posted Sundeep Kishan.