Dubai investigators say Indian actress Sridevi accidentally drowned, close case
The Bollywood star drowned in hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, officials say
Dubai investigators on Tuesday closed the case into the death last weekend of Indian movie icon Sridevi, calling it an accidental drowning.
"The case has now been closed," the state-run Dubai Media office tweeted.
Her death has been front-page news in India, where Bollywood stars command an almost mythical status. Fans have been gathering in front of the Mumbai home of her brother-in-law, prominent actor Anil Kapoor.
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. 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.
In this 2013 interview, she discusses her 2012 film English Vinglish.
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. On Tuesday afternoon, a crowd of Indian labourers gathered around a fence near the mortuary, looking in and talking softly among themselves about her.
Indian media reported Anil Ambani, a wealthy Mumbai-based industrialist, dispatched a private plane to Dubai to carry Sridevi's body back home. It was not immediately clear when that would happen.