Actress Sridevi, who was earlier thought of having died due to cardiac arrest on Saturday, had actually drowned in the bathtub of a hotel in Dubai, reported by Dubai police today. The autopsy report listed “accidental drowning” as the cause of death.
In its official twitter handle, the Dubai government’s media office said the case was being transferred to the “Dubai Public Prosecution” which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases. It is not yet known why she had collapsed.
According to a report of NDTV, the sudden death of the 54-year-old had sent shockwaves across the country on Sunday morning, leaving the film industry and legions of her fans heartbroken.
Khaleej Times reported that Sridevi had collapsed in the bathroom of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel in Dubai, where the family had gone to attend the wedding of her nephew Mohit Marwah. Around 7.30 pm, she was found in the bathtub by her husband Boney Kapoor, who had dropped off their daughter Khushi in Mumbai and returned Dubai reportedly to surprise his wife. The couple had planned to go out for dinner.
When an ambulance was called in, the medical staff failed to revive her. Around 9 pm, the police wss called in. The actor was transferred to a hospital, where the doctors declared her dead at 11 pm.
On Monday, Bollywood mourned & canceled shootings & celebrations to grieve. Actor Hrithik Roshan, recalled in a tweet how she pretended to be nervous when she first met him, to calm his nerves.
I loved her, admired her so much. My 1st ever acting shot was with Sri Devi, I was nervous in front of her n I remember her shaking her hands pretending 2b nervous cause of me just 2 boost my confidence. V had 2 laugh,n she kept laughing until I got it right. Will miss you mam pic.twitter.com/OYXfurcIFx
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) February 25, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi,” concluding, “May her soul rest in peace.”
Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 25, 2018
Sridevi’s body will be brought back to Mumbai for the funeral in a chartered jet, but it is not clear when. Sridevi began working at the age of four and, in a career spanning five decades, acted in 300 films.
The gorgeous actress, often described as India’s first and only female superstar and the queen of the 1990s, was best known for her roles in “Sadma“, “Lamhe” “Mr India“, “Chandni” and “Himmatwala“. A versatile actor known for her impeccable comic timing, she reigned over not just Bollywood, but also the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industry.
After a 15-year break following her marriage to Boney Kapoor, a much leaner Sridevi made a smashing comeback with the 2012 film “English Vinglish“. She followed it up with the thriller “Mom“.
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