Entertainment desk, Feb 26: Superstar Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor died of accidental drowning, a Dubai post-mortem report has said.The 54-year-old actress, known simply as Sridevi, drowned in her hotel apartment’s bathtub following loss of consciousness, it says.
It had earlier been reported that she died of cardiac arrest on Saturday while at a family wedding in Dubai.
Bollywood stars, sporting giants and leading politicians have reacted with shock to her death.
The media arm of the Dubai government said the post-mortem analysis had been completed and the cause of death ascertained.
The case has been passed to the Dubai Public Prosecution for what officials said were “regular legal procedures”.
The paper said the report could mean a delay to the repatriation of the body. It had been expected to be flown home on Monday.
Crowds have gathered outside Sridevi’s home in Mumbai to pay their last respects ahead of a cremation.
The full post-mortem report has not yet been made public and will be expected to explain how the original report of cardiac arrest and the listing of “accidental drowning” are linked.
The actress had been in the United Arab Emirates to attend the wedding of her nephew, Mohit Marwah. Few details had been given about the case prior to Monday’s release of the cause of death.
On the morning of February 25, the world woke up to the heartbreaking news of the demise of Bollywood acting legend – Sridevi. Sridevi passed away around 11 PM on February 24. She was in UAE with the entire Kapoor family to attend the wedding ceremony of Mohit Marwah. The news of Sridevi’s death came as a huge shock to the entire film fraternity as well as her fans. According to the forensic report, actor Sridevi died due to accidental drowning. Earlier it was reported that she died of cardiac arrest.
Sridevi’s mortal remains will be brought back to Mumbai only after the postmortem and final paperwork are completed in Dubai. A private jet flew to Dubai from Mumbai to carry the late actor’s body. Her body is likely to reach Mumbai in a few hours following which the last rites will be held.