Dubai investigators say Indian actress Sridevi accidentally drowned, close case

On Tuesday afternoon, a crowd of Indian labourers gathered around a fence near the mortuary, looking in and talking softly among themselves about her. Sridevi, 54, who was known by only one name, drowned in a hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, officials say. Starting out as a child star in south Indian regional movies, she later became known for her impeccable comic timing as well as her dancing skills — a serious asset in a country where song and dance melodramas are a movie staple. Bollywood star Sridevi drowned in hotel bathtub, Dubai police say

Mourning ‘massive’ Bollywood star Sridevi with a die-hard fan

“The case has now been closed,” the state-run Dubai Media office tweeted. © The Associated Press, 2018 She was embalmed Tuesday in a simple government-run mortuary in a dusty neighborhood of squat, square buildings that house some of Dubai’s immense population of foreign workers, many of whom come from South Asia. Dubai Public Prosecution stressed that all regular procedures followed in such cases have been completed. Her family has been given permission to take her body back to India, officials said. Fans have been gathering in front of the Mumbai home of her brother-in-law, prominent actor Anil Kapoor. Indian media reported Anil Ambani, a wealthy Mumbai-based industrialist, dispatched a private plane to Dubai to carry Sridevi’s body back home. The coverage has been both lurid and restrained, with one TV station showing a reporter talking about her death from inside a bathtub, and many newspapers not mentioning the alcohol reports. 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 mythical status. Dubai investigators on Tuesday closed the case into the death last weekend of Indian movie icon Sridevi, calling it an accidental drowning. It was not immediately clear when that would happen. As per the forensic report, the death of the Indian actress occurred due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness. Police officials have said the autopsy also revealed alcohol in her system. In this 2013 interview, she discusses her 2012 film English Vinglish. Bollywood star Sridevi dead at 54

Sridevi was the most famous Bollywood actress of the 1980s and ’90s, and the first woman to get top billing in an industry then dominated by men.