Bollywood actress Aarthi Agarwal, who was born and raised in New Jersey, died of cardiac arrest - Above, she co-stars in the new movie Ranam 2
Bollywood actress Aarthi Agarwal, who was born and raised in New Jersey, died of cardiac arrest - Above, she co-stars in the new movie Ranam 2

Indian American New Jersey-born Bollywood actress Aarthi Agarwal has died at the age of 31 after reported liposuction surgery went wrong.

  • Agarwal, 31, reportedly underwent liposuction surgery a month ago
  • Star died in Atlantic City after developing respiratory problems
  • She had been acting in films of various Indian languages since age 16

She died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Atlantic City after respiratory problems, according to her manager.

The death on Friday is thought to come roughly a month after the actress received liposuction surgery in the United States.

She made her debut in Bollywood at age 16, but shot to fame with her performance in 2001’s Nuvvu Naaku Nachav, according to the International Business Times.

Despite being born in America, she soon became a rising star in Indian cinema.

The actress was particularly popular in the ‘Tollywood’ Telugu language film industry, but also starred in Tamil and Hindi films.

In 2005 she acted in a career-high five films, according to the Indian Express. However, she also reportedly tried to commit suicide that year after a relationship with a co-star soured and a lack of new movie offers.

Her marriage to a US engineer in 2007 ended in divorce two years later.

She reportedly moved back to New Jersey to live with her parents in Egg Harbor Township.

Though her career had slowed down in recent years, Agarwal’s latest film, Ranam 2, was released on Friday.