Bollywood’s first female superstar, Sridevi, died in a Dubai hotel on February 24. She suffered a cardiac arrest while she was taking a bath on Saturday night, getting ready for a dinner with her husband Boney Kapoor.
Sridevi was in Dubai for her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding. She was joined by her younger daughter Khushi and Boney. Her husband flew back to India after the wedding on Wednesday and came back on Saturday to surprise his wife at the Emirates Towers Hotel, where she was staying. According to a report in The Times of India, the two chatted for 15 minutes before she went into the bathroom. Boney knocked on the door after 15 minutes but broke it down upon not getting a response.
Boney found Sridevi lying unconscious in the bathtub. He called a friend for help and reported the death to the police at 9pm. The report also said that while several media outlets are reporting cardiac arrest as the cause of her death, there has been no confirmation yet. However, Sanjay Kapoor, Sridevi’s actor brother-in-law, told Dubai’s Khaleej Times, “We are completely shocked. She had no history of a heart attack.”
An autopsy was conducted on late Sunday night and a chartered flight has flown to Dubai to bring her body back to India. Once back, her funeral will be held at Mumbai’s Pawan Hans in Juhu, Ville Parle.
Here are the LIVE updates:
10.40am: Officials from Indian consulate have told Khaleej Times that Sridevi’s body will be ready for repatriation with all the procedures completed by 1 to 2pm, Dubai time (3.30pm IST). After receiving the police clearance and forensic report, the other procedures including, immigration and embalming would be completed in the next 3 to 4 hours.
10.14am: Rajinikanth and several stars from the Telugu film industry are expected to attend the funeral, reports Times of India. Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, and Venkatesh, Bharathiraaja, K Raghavendra Rao, Ambareesh and Prakash Raj are likely to attend.
10.04am: Sridevi’s body is still at Dubai Police’s Forensic department on Monday morning, as per a report in Khaleej Times. Her last rites might not take place at 11 am as was earlier reported by media outlets.
9.33am: Visuals from outside Sridevi’s home in Mumbai.
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9.30am: Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor arrive back in Mumbai for Sridevi’s funeral on Sunday night.
9.22am: A Mumbai airport official tells HT that the chartered flight has not left for Mumbai yet.
9.19 am: Mumbai Police tweeted a video clip of Sridevi’s performance at their annual celebration Umang. The 21-second video shows her wearing an off-white sequinned ghagra choli, dancing to the hit number from English Vinglish, Navrai Majhi Ladachi Ladachi Ga.
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8.00am: #Sridevi will always remain alive in my memory. It feels awkward to speak of her in the past tense. We have lost the biggest star of our country. I still cannot believe it. It will take many years to register what has actually happened: Anupam Kher in Mumbai
10.02 pm, Feb 26: Sridevi’s body could not be repatriated on Sunday as the final investigation reports from Dubai Police were not ready by late evening, officials dealing with the legal formalities were quoted by a Khaleej Times report.
Officials also said that as per usual protocols, these tests take up to 24 hours in the case a person has died outside a hospital in Dubai. The same safety and administrative protocols are being followed by the police in this case as well.
10:00pm, Feb 26: UAE officials have revealed that Sridevi’s autopsy has been completed and the family is now awaiting laboratory reports conducted by the General Department of Forensic Evidence, Dubai, Khaleej Times reported.