Veteran actor Sridevi died due to “accidental drowning”, the postmortem conducted in Dubai said today, reported Gulf news. The autopsy report has been handed over to the family. The funeral of the 54-year-old is expected to be held in Mumbai within a few hours, after her body is flown back from Dubai, where she died on the weekend. Since this morning, film stars, celebrities and fans have been seen at the home of Anil Kapoor, Sridevi’s brother-in-law and former co-star.
Sridevi, 54, died suddenly on Saturday night of a cardiac arrest, leaving Bollywood in deep shock and millions of fans heartbroken. She collapsed in her hotel room in Dubai, where she had gone with husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi for a family wedding. News agency ANI reported that the police had handed over the forensic report to her family and the Indian consulate.
The Khaleej Times quoted family sources to report that Boney Kapoor, waiting to take Sridevi out to dinner, found her motionless in the bathtub of her room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Boney Kapoor, a filmmaker, had returned to Mumbai with their daughter but had flown back to Dubai reportedly to surprise his wife.
A medical team failed to revive her. The family said Sridevi did not have any history of heart ailments.
According to reports, industrialist Anil Ambani has offered to fly Sridevi’s body back in a private jet.
The Indian film fraternity has been shaken by the unexpected tragedy. Hundreds have gathered outside Sridevi’s Mumbai home, hoping for a final glimpse.
Several planned events were cancelled. Actress Shabana Azmi posted a tweet announcing that she and husband Javed Akhtar were calling off the grand Holi party they host every year. Several film shoots have also been cancelled.
A stream of stars, former co-stars and others were seen at the house of Anil Kapoor, the younger brother of Boney Kapoor.
Southern superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have headed to Mumbai to pay their respects to Sridevi.
Since the news of her death, Sridevi’s last videos at the wedding of her nephew Mohit Marwah have been widely shared and snapshots of her life and films have been all over the media.
Sridevi began working at the age of four and, in a career spanning five decades, acted in 300 films.
The gorgeous actor, often described as India’s one 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”.
Sridevi died before she could see her older daughter Jhanvi’s debut in films this year.