Dubai investigators on Tuesday closed the case into the death last weekend of Indian movie icon Sridevi, calling it an accidental drowning.
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.
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Officials say that Sridevi, 54, drowned in a hotel bathtub after losing consciousness. Police officials have said the autopsy also revealed alcohol in her system.Her family has been given permission to take her body back to India, officials said.
Sridevi was the most famous Bollywood actress of the 1980s and ’90s, and the first woman to get top billing in an industry then dominated by men. Starting out as a child star in south Indian regional movies, she later became known for her impeccable comic timing as well as her dancing skills — a serious asset in a country where song and dance melodramas are a movie staple.
Media reported Anil Ambani, a wealthy Mumbai-based industrialist, dispatched a private plane to Dubai to carry Sridevi’s body back home. It was not immediately clear when that would happen.
Her death has been front-page news not only in India but abroad too. Fans have been gathering in front of the Mumbai home of her brother-in-law, prominent actor Anil Kapoor.
The funeral will take place Pawan Hans crematorium in Juhu after her remains return to India.