Update: After much delay, Sridevi's body arrives in Mumbai from Dubai

Published: February 27, 2018
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The Dubai Public Prosecution had started an investigation into the untimely demise of Bollywood actress Sridevi, who was found dead in a bathtub at her hotel room.

Sources at the Dubai Police earlier informed Khaleej Times that the Public Prosecution will conduct further investigations with regard to circumstances that led to the 54-year-old actor’s “accidental drowning” after losing consciousness.

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2012 file photo, Indian actress Sridevi arrives at the Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, at the Marrakech Congress Palace. Sridevi, Bollywood’s leading lady of the 1980s and ‘90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54. The actress, known by one name, was described as the first female superstar in India’s male-dominated film industry. Her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor speaking to the Indian Express online confirmed she died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Dubai due to cardiac arrest.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2012 file photo, Indian actress Sridevi arrives at the Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, at the Marrakech Congress Palace.
Sridevi, Bollywood’s leading lady of the 1980s and ‘90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54. The actress, known by one name, was described as the first female superstar in India’s male-dominated film industry. Her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor speaking to the Indian Express online confirmed she died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in

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Dubai due to cardiac arrest.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

The post-mortem report is what revealed that Sridevi fell into the bathtub after losing consciousness and drowned.

Latest in the case is that he Bollywood icon’s body has, post much delay, reached Mumbai from Dubai and the last rites will be held tomorrow afternoon, her family has said in a statement, reports NDTV. The Mom superstar who was in Dubai to attend a family wedding, died in a hotel room on Saturday. She was 54. A forensic report said she “accidentally drowned” in a bathtub after losing consciousness.

Sridevi’s body was handed over to her family on Tuesday evening after government officials in Dubai said they had closed the probe into her death.

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In a statement, Sridevi’s family said people could pay their last respects between 9:30am to 12:30pm at the Celebration Sports Club in Mumbai. Sridevi’s last journey would commence from the club to the crematorium near Pawan Hands, Vile Parle West at 2pm. The last rites will take place at 3:30pm onwards, the statement revealed.

“Dubai Public Prosecution has approved the release of the body of the Indian actor Sridevi to her family following the completion of a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of her death… Dubai Public Prosecution stressed that all regular procedures followed in such cases have been completed. As per the forensic report, the death of the Indian actress occurred due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness. The case has now been closed,” the Dubai government’s media office tweeted.

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Sridevi’s husband and renowned producer Boney Kapoor, was in Dubai, where he was joined today by actor Arjun Kapoor, who is his son from his first marriage. Boney’s nephew Saurabh Malhotra waited outside the morgue and accompanied Sridevi’s body to the embalming centre.

Sridevi’s daughters Jhanvi, 20, and Khushi, 17 are in Mumbai, where the film fraternity has been pouring in since Sunday at the home of actor Anil Kapoor, Sridevi’s brother-in-law to pay their respects.

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She acted in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam movies before scripting a soaring career in Bollywood. She began acting at the tender age of four. A 15-year break from movies followed her marriage to Boney Kapoor. Sridevi returned in 2012 with the smash-hit English Vinglish. She followed it up with the thriller Mom.

She shot for a special appearance in superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film Zero, which releases in December.

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