DUBAI • Dubai has handed over the body of legendary Indian actress Sridevi Kapoor to the Indian authorities for it to be returned home.
An Indian embassy official yesterday said the body had been "received, embalmed and taken on its way to India".
Police on Monday said a post-mortem showed that Sridevi, who died last Saturday, had drowned in the bathtub of her Dubai hotel room after passing out. Traces of alcohol were found in her body.
She had been on a visit to the Gulf Arab emirate to attend a wedding.
Media reports had earlier said the actress had died of cardiac arrest.
Born Shree Amma Yanger Ayappan in Tamil Nadu, Sridevi appeared in around 300 films and was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, for her service to the film industry.
Sridevi, 54, charmed audiences in female-centric hits at a time when India's film industry relied on male actors for box-office success.
The death of the actress has left Indians in shock, prompting an outpouring of grief across the nation.
"Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, adding: "She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances."
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