Body of Bollywood legend Sridevi on its way home to India

The death of Indian film star Sridevi has left Indians in shock, prompting an outpouring of grief across the nation.
The death of Indian film star Sridevi has left Indians in shock, prompting an outpouring of grief across the nation.PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI - Dubai has handed over the body of legendary Indian actress Sridevi Kapoor to Indian authorities for it to be returned home, an Indian embassy official said on Tuesday (Feb 27).

The official, who asked not to be named, said the body had been “received, embalmed and taken on its way to India”, reported Reuters.

The 54-year-old superstar had died of accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub last Saturday (Feb 24) after losing consciousness, according to Dubai police.

Traces of alcohol were found in the actress' body, the police said via Twitter.

A copy of the United Arab Emirates government's forensic report was attached on the Twitter handle of Dubai-based Gulf News, reported The Indian Express on Tuesday (Feb 27).

"Following the completion of post-mortem analysis, Dubai Police stated that the death of Indian actress Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment's bathtub following loss of consciousness," The Indian Express said, quoting Dubai Police.

The case has been closed, police said Tuesday.

“The Dubai public prosecutor’s office has decided to release the body of Indian actress Sridevi to her family today (Tuesday) after the investigation into the incident was concluded and the case closed,” read a tweet by the Dubai police.

Sridevi was in Dubai to attend a wedding.

Born Shree Amma Yanger Ayappan in the southern state of 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.

The death of the 54-year-old actress has left Indians in shock, prompting an outpouring of grief across the nation, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. "She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances."