Sridevi: ‘Case Closed’ in Bollywood Star’s Death

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Police in Dubai have closed the case into the death of Bollywood star Sridevi Kapoor after handing over her body to relatives.

The actress, 54, died on Saturday “due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness”, police said. She was found in a hotel bathtub.

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It had earlier been reported that she died of cardiac arrest while at a family wedding in Dubai.

Her body has been embalmed and is being flown to India for her funeral.

Crowds have gathered outside her home in Mumbai to pay their last respects ahead of a cremation.

Known simply as Sridevi, the actress was considered one of the very few Indian female superstars capable of huge box-office success without the support of a male hero. She appeared in nearly 300 films over five decades.

Police had been holding the body pending the results of a post-mortem examination.

Prosecutors say a “comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of her death” is now complete.

The full post-mortem report has not yet been released to the 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.

Meanwhile, fans have expressed anger on social media at the way her death has been covered in the media.

Television channels have been criticised for suggesting theories about the possible cause of death, with some reports showing bathrooms and bathtubs.

The long wait of millions of her fans, friends and relatives to know what exactly happened to her and when exactly her body can be flown to India seems to continue even as a private jet sent by Indian business tycoon Anil Ambani is waiting to fly her back home.


Earlier report: Feb 26, Sridevi Kapoor: Bollywood Superstar Dies at 54 of Heart Attack