Telugu actress Aarthi Agarwal passed away on Saturday in a private hospital in New Jersey after her health deteriorated following a liposuction surgery.
"Aarthi was battling obesity and pulmonary illness. She was undergoing treatment and due to some complications, she suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away," Aarthi's manager told a leading daily.
She had reportedly gone to the US for the liposuction surgery and complications following it are believed to have resulted in her death.
While death post a liposuction surgery is rare, fat embolism is a fatal after-effect of the surgery. It isn't clear yet if this happened in her case.
Aarthi had reportedly earlier approached a Hyderabad-based surgeon to perform a liposuction on her, but he had refused because she had no fat under her skin.
"In the case of Aarthi Agarwal, if death happened immediately after surgery, it has been be due to fat embolism. If it happened after a week or 10 days, it could be because of infection,"said Vijayawada-based cosmetic surgeon K. Srikrishna, in a report by a leading daily.
Aarthi made her Telugu cinematic debut with a hit 'Nuvvu Naaku Nachav' in 2001. Since then, the actress has featured in hits like 'Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu', 'Indra' and 'Vasantham'.
According to a leading daily report, officials from the Movie Artistes' Association have said that she felt forgotten after she starred in only four films, from 2008 till now. She had reportedly put on weight and had respiratory issues and that is when she decided to go for the surgery.
Aarthi is also no stranger to controversies. In 2005, she attempted suicide after her alleged relationship with co-star Tarun turned bitter. She starred in nearly 25 films. Her latest release 'Ranam 2' hit the theatrical screens on Friday.