Sridevi death controversy takes new twist: alcohol found in her blood

Published: February 26, 2018
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Bollywood icon and a prised by countless, Sridevi died due to accidental drowning in a bathtub in her hotel room in Dubai, forensic report revealed February 26. She was staying at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel.

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According to reports, traces of alcohol were found in her blood too. The forensic report released by Dubai Police said that the medical examination of Sridevi’s body revealed that she had taken alcohol before her death on the night of February 24, reported India.com.

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The actress’s last rites were scheduled to take place in Mumbai afternoon but it has been delayed for now. Meanwhile, the Dubai Police has transferred Sridevi death case to Dubai Public Prosecution which will “carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases”.

Boney Kapoor and Sridevi, 54, were in Dubai to attend nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding ceremony. While most of the extended family as well as Boney and younger daughter Khushi had returned, Sridevi decided to stay back to visit an art auction. Her elder daughter, Jahnvi, was in Mumbai to complete a shooting schedule for her debut film Dhadak.

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On Saturday, Boney flew back to Dubai to surprise his wife with a dinner, reports claimed.

He reached the hotel around 5.30pm Dubai time and woke her up and they chatted for about 15 minutes, the report said.

Sridevi then went to the bathroom to get ready. When she didn’t come out for 15 minutes, Boney knocked on the door. He did not get any response and forced open the door, to find her lying motionless in the bathtub, which was full of water.

“He tried to revive her and when he could not, he called a friend of his. After that, he informed the police at 9pm,” Khaleej Times quoted a source as saying.

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The police and paramedics rushed to the site, but she was pronounced dead. Her body was taken to the General Department of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.

The body of the late actor, who garnered superstar status in the 1980s and 1990s in what was a hugely male dominated industry, is expected to reach Mumbai late today after authorities in Dubai conclude all the formalities.

This is a developing story.

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  • Priya
    Feb 27, 2018 - 7:31AM

    Why the delay by the husband and his friend in reporting the drowning (5:30 pm= discoved in bathtub, around 9:30 pm was when authorities were alerted?
    That invariably leads to suspicion and speculation. Should have called the emergency services immediately when she (deceased) could not be revived. Recommend

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