Dubai investigators on Tuesday closed the case into the death last weekend of Indian movie icon Sridevi, calling it an unexpected drowning.
Sridevi, 54, who was understood by only one name, drowned in a hotel tub after losing consciousness, officials state. Police officials have stated the autopsy also exposed alcohol in her system.
“The case has now been closed,” the state-run Dubai Media workplace tweeted.
Her household has been allowed to take her body back to India, authorities stated.
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.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice)
February 27, 2018
Her death has been front-page news in India, where Bollywood stars command an almost legendary status. Fans have been gathering in front of the Mumbai home of her brother-in-law, popular star Anil Kapoor.
The coverage has been both restrained and lurid, with one TELEVISION station revealing a press reporter discussing her death from inside a tub, and many papers not pointing out the alcohol reports.
Sridevi was the most popular Bollywood starlet of the 1980s and ’90s, and the very first female to obtain prominence in a market then controlled by males. Beginning out as a kid star in south Indian local motion pictures, she later ended up being known for her impeccable comic timing in addition to her dancing skills– a major asset in a nation where song and dance melodramas are a motion picture staple.
In this 2013 interview, she discusses her 2012 film English Vinglish.
She was embalmed Tuesday in a simple government-run mortuary in a dusty area of squat, square structures that house a few of Dubai’s tremendous population of foreign employees, a lot of whom come from South Asia. On Tuesday afternoon, a crowd of Indian labourers collected around a fence near the mortuary, looking in and talking gently among themselves about her.
Indian media reported Anil Ambani, a wealthy Mumbai-based industrialist, dispatched a personal plane to Dubai to bring Sridevi’s body back home. When that would take place, it was not instantly clear.