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Sridevi died due to accidental drowning, says death certificate

India Today logo India Today 2/26/2018

Sridevi died due to accidental drowning, the Bollywood icon's death certificate, a copy of which is with IndiaToday.in, says.

Sridevi, unarguably India's first female superstar, died late Saturday night in Dubai where she was attending a wedding.

Local media, which have been able to access Sridevi's post-mortem report as well, further reported that the actor fell into a bathtub after suffering a cardiac arrest and that authorities do not suspect a criminal motive behind her death.

Sridevi drowned in a bathtub after suffering a cardiac arrest, Khaleej Times reported while Gulf News reported that Bollywood actress Sridevi died from accidental drowning in the bathtub.

Traces of alcohol were found in her blood, Khaleej Times further reported, citing the post-mortem report.

Earlier, Navdeep Suri, India's ambassador to the the United Arab Emirates (UAE), confirmed that Sridevi's post-mortem reports have been handed over to the Consulate General of India in Dubai.

Suri also said Indian officials have now begun the process of repatriating Sridevi's body to India. It remains unclear whether Sridevi's mortal remains have yet been handed over to her family. 

A special private jet, which flew out of Mumbai Sunday afternoon, is already waiting in Dubai to bring Sridevi's body back to India.

DEATH

Sridevi, 54, died late Saturday night. She reportedly had a fainting spell in a hotel room in Dubai and was rushed to the city's Rashid Hospital. Sridevi was declared brought dead at the hospital at around 11pm Saturday (12.30am Sunday, IST).

At the time of last updating this report, there was no medical opinion on the cause of her death. A special private jet flew out of Mumbai to bring back her body Sunday afternoon.

Sridevi's husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi had returned to India on February 21, after the wedding, while the actress stayed back in Dubai. Her elder daughter Janhvi, who stayed back in India for the preparations of Dhadak, her Bollywood debut, was in Mumbai at the time of Sridevi's death.

According to a report in Khaleej Times, Boney went back to Dubai. In fact, Sridevi was getting ready for a dinner date with him when the tragedy occurred. A source close to the Kapoor family is quoted as telling the publication that Boney flew down to Dubai from Mumbai and went to Sridevi's room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel at around 5.30pm on Saturday to surprise her.

They had a brief conversation before he asked her to have dinner with him. Sridevi went to the washroom to freshen up. After 15 minutes, Boney knocked on the door but received no response. He then forced open the door of the bathroom and was shocked to find Sridevi lying unconscious in the bathtub filled with water.

He then tried to revive her, and when he could not, he called a friend. They then informed the police at 9pm, the publication reported.

WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG?

Sources from the General Department of Forensic Medicine earlier told India Today, "Late on Sunday night, some blood samples of actress Sridevi were sent for tests."

The Indian consulate also has to cancel Sridevi's passport and the immigration department has to wrap up the administrative procedures.

The public prosecutor needs to give permission to hand over the body to Sridevi's family.

It appears that the family will be able to collect her mortal remains only by late afternoon, after which they will bring it back in a private jet to Mumbai.

According to latest reports, Sridevi's body will be ready for repatriation around 2pm Dubai time (3.30pm IST). The chartered flight is to reach Mumbai by 7pm.

Sridevi's funeral, which was supposed to take place this afternoon, is likely to be postponed.

A report in Gulf Times said that there will possibly be more delay in bringing Sridevi's body back to India. Her post-mortem report was inconclusive, said Gulf Times. A toxicology report demanded by Dubai's forensic department is yet to be submitted.

The toxicology report of tests done on Sridevi's blood and organs are expected to reveal the exact cause of her death. The body is expected to be released when the report is handed over to the Dubai Police.

If the toxicology report also turns out to be inconclusive, further investigations will be initiated, says the Gulf Times report.

According to latest reports, the Dubai Police have ruled out a second autopsy. The superstar's body is still in the morgue and is several hours away from repatriation, reports Khaleej Times.

FAREWELL, SRIDEVI

Sridevi's demise left people and film industries across the country in shock. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among those who tweeted messages of condolence. Sridevi's death has "left millions of fans heartbroken," President Kovind tweeted, while PM Modi paid tribute to Sridevi's "diverse roles and memorable performances" and said that he was saddened by the actor's untimely demise.

A visibly distraught and teary-eyed Kamal Haasan, her co-star from Sadma - one of her most evocative performances - said, "Have witnessed Sridevi's life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificent lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved ... Sadma's lullaby haunts me now. We'll miss her."

"I have no words," actor Priyanka Chopra said on Twitter, joining her colleagues from Bollywood in paying rich tributes to Sridevi.

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who sung for Sridevi in 20 films including Chaand Kaa Tukdaa, Khuda Gawah, Lamhe, Chandni, Nazrana and Himmatwala, reacted in a similar manner.

"Yakeen nahi ho raha ki itni choti umar mein Sridevi chali gayi. Kya kahun kuch samajh mein nahi aa raha hai. Boney Kapoor aur unki do betiyon ke dukh mein main shamil hun. (I can't believe that Sridevi died so early, she was too young. I don't know what to say. Condolences to Boney Kapoor and the daughters)," she said in a tweet.

Superstar Aamir Khan was "saddened by the untimely and tragic passing away of Srideviji". He said he has "always been an admirer of the grace and dignity with which she conducted herself".

One of the most intriguing social media posts, that people have begun linking to Sridevi's death, came from superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Just an hour before news of Sridevi's death broke, Bachchan tweeted, "Na jaane kyun, ek ajeeb si ghabrahat ho rahi hai (I don't know why, I'm feeling strangely uneasy)."

SRIDEVI'S FILM CAREER

Sridevi was known for her iconic roles in Hindi films such as Chandni, Nagina, Mr India and Chaalbaaz. She also acted in several Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films.

At the age of four, Sridevi started her film career as a child artist in MA Thirumugham's devotional film Thunaivan. With Julie (1974), she made her Bollywood debut as a child actor.

For her contribution to Indian cinema over the years, Sridevi was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour, in 2013. She had a 15-year hiatus from the silver screen, but made a stellar comeback with Gauri Shinde's English Vinglish in 2012.

She was last seen on the silver screen in the 2017 revenge thriller Mom.

But all is not over. Sridevi will be seen one last time in Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming film Zero, directed by Aanand L Rai. The legendary actress has a special appearance in the film.

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