"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 IANS. It was reportedly due to a failed liposuction surgery that Aarthi suffered a cardiac arrest.
Aarthi made her Telugu cinematic debut with a hit Nuvvu Naaku Nachav in 2001. Since then, she has featured in hits like Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu, Indra and "Vasantham.
In 2005, she attempted suicide after her alleged relationship with co-star Tarun turned bitter. Aarthi starred in nearly 25 films. Her last release was Ranam 2.