Bollywood actress Sridevi breathed her last in Dubai on Saturday, following an accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, the Dubai government said on Monday.
An autopsy report issued by authorities on Monday has given birth to several debates and controversies over her dramatic death.
However, there could be a further delay in Sridevi’s body being brought back to India, with the Dubai police informing the Indian Embassy.
Indian envoy to the UAE Navdeep Suri told PTI the embassy had been informed that the Dubai police could only release the body after another “clearance”. He, however, did not say what type of a clearance was awaited.
“It is their internal process. We do not know,” he said.
The Dubai government said in a tweet the police had transferred the case to the “Dubai Public Prosecution”, which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases.
“Following the completion of post mortem analysis, Dubai police headquarters today (Monday) stated that the death of the Indian actress Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bathtub following loss of consciousness,” the Dubai government’s media office said on Twitter.
According to the latest development, the funeral will take place on Wednesday and everyone is free to pay their last respects and tributes to the actress.
Condolences and last respects:
Date & Time : 28th Feb Wednesday, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.
Address: Celebration Sports ClubGarden No 5, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400053
The last journey will commence at 2 pm from Celebration Sports Club to Pawan Hans.
2. Cremation Ceremony
Address: Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery, Next to Pawan Hans, SV Road, Vile Parle West
Date & Time: 28th Feb 3.30 pm onwards.
Here are the Live updates:
# 12:28 AM: Mumbai: Salman Khan reaches Sridevi's residence.
# 11:30 PM: Millions of fans gathered outside Sridevi's Lokhandwala residence to bid adieu to the 54-year-old actress.
# 10:34 PM: Sridevi's mortal remains brought to her Lokhandwala residence.
# 10:15 PM: Sridevi's mortal remains being taken to Mumbai's Lokhandwala residence
# 08:52 PM: Anil Kapoor arrives at Mumbai airport, chartered plane carrying mortal remains of Sridevi to land shortly.
# 08:39 PM: Arjun Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor are accompanying Boney Kapoor with the mortal remains of Sridevi from Dubai
# 07:17 PM: After completion of all local processes, mortal remains of Sridevi are now enroute to Mumbai: Indian Envoy to UAE Navdeep Suri
# 06:48 PM: Last respects to late actress Sridevi will be paid at Celebrations Sports club in Mumbai between 9:30 am to 12:30 pm tomorrow, cremation will take place at Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium after 3:30 pm.
# 06:34 PM: Loss of Sridevi Ji will leave huge void in film industry. Dubai police has closed the case & her mortal remains will finally arrive by tonight. It's a very sensitive issue. All these speculations must stop since family, children, fans are involved, told filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar to ANI.
Loss of #Sridevi Ji will leave huge void in film industry. Dubai police has closed the case & her mortal remains will finally arrive by tonight. It's a very sensitive issue. All these speculations must stop since family, children, fans are involved: Madhur Bhandarkar,Filmmaker pic.twitter.com/7Ux6nWX51G— ANI (@ANI) February 27, 2018
# 04: 58 PM: Now that the Dubai Public Prosecution has completed all the formalities, I request my friends in media and my friend Subramanian Swamy to please stop making false allegations. Sridevi Ji's body will arrive tonight and her last rites will be performed on Wednesday afternoon, says politician Amar Singh.
Now that the Dubai Public Prosecution has completed all the formalities, I request my friends in media and my friend Subramanian Swamy to please stop making false allegations. #Sridevi Ji's body will arrive tonight & her last rites will be performed tomorrow afternoon: Amar Singh pic.twitter.com/W1plyn4BDd— ANI (@ANI) February 27, 2018
# 04:43 PM: Embalming of Sridevi's mortal remains has been completed, being taken to Dubai Airport, reports UAE media.
# 04:30 PM: The decision to release the body came after all the investigations and procedural matters followed in such incidents were completed, in order to determine all its circumstances and ensure that justice was done within the framework of the law: Dubai Public Prosecution.
# 03:57 PM: Dubai Public Prosecution has approved release of Indian actress Sridevi's body to her family after completion of a comprehensive investigation into circumstances of her death. The case has now been closed: Dubai Media Office
# 01:35 PM: Dubai Police hands over letters for release of #Sridevi's mortal remains, to the Indian consulate and her family members, so that they can proceed for embalming. (Khaleej Times)
— ANI (@ANI) February 27, 2018
# 01:13 PM:
# 01:03 PM: Actor Arjun Kapoor left for Dubai, this morning, says Yash Raj Films' PRO, further added that, 'he has gone there to be with his father at the hotel while the formalities are being wrapped up and to oversee the return journey.
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# 12:36 PM: Body will be released only after all those involved have been questioned and cleared: Dubai Police
# 12:35 PM: Dubai Public Prosecutor will shortly release a report which will make it clear whether or not further probe is required to release the body of Sridevi.
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# 12:12 PM: Veteran actor Waheeda Rehman arrives at the residence of Anil Kapoor in Mumbai.
— ANI (@ANI) February 27, 2018
# 12.10 PM: Farhan Akhtar tweeted about the insensitive media coverage on Sridevi’s death on Sunday. “There’s no bottom in the barrel of the graceless,” he tweeted.
# 12.00 PM: Anupam Kher, Waheeda Rehman and more arrive at Anil Kapoor’s residence.
#10:30 AM Let's wait for the prosecution to pronounce it. Facts in media doesn't appear to be consistent. She never drank hard liquor, how did it enter her system? What happened to CCTV? Doctors suddenly appeared before media & said she died of heart failure: Subramanian Swamy
# 10:10 AM: "We are working with local authorities to ensure that mortal remains can be sent to India at the earliest. We are on the job," said Mr Suri, adding that "Our experience in similar cases tells us that it does take 2-3 days to complete processes." The body was likely to be embalmed today, Dubai-based newspaper Khaleej Times reported. Sridevi's body will be brought back to Mumbai for the funeral by a chartered jet.
# 09:00 AM: Amid intense speculation over Sridevi's death, Mr Suri said," The media interest in untimely demise of Sridevi is understandable. But the frenzy of speculation does not help. We leave it to the experts to determine cause of demise Let's be responsible."
# 07:21 AM: Sridevi's body not released from the morgue. Embalming likely to take place at Sonapur by noon on Tuesday, reports Khaleej Times
# 07:10 AM: Visuals from outside Anil Kapoor's residence; mortals remains of Sridevi yet to be brought from Dubai to Mumbai.
— ANI (@ANI) February 27, 2018
# 06:26 AM: According to reports, authorities say the chances of releasing the body today are slim.