February 26
07:46 2018

Sridevi’s mortal remains are yet to be handed over to her family members. Her body is expected back in India only in the evening, the Consulate General of India in Dubai told India oday this morning.

Sridevi, unarguably India’s first female superstar, died late Saturday night, after suffering a massive cardiac arrest in Dubai, where the icon was attending her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding.

Sridevi, 54, reportedly had a fainting spell in a hotel room in Dubai and was rushed to the city’s Rashid Hospital. Sridevi was declared brought dead at the hospital at around 11pm Saturday (12.30am Sunday, IST).

Procedures such as the post-mortem and the cancellation of her passport held up the dispatch of her mortal remains. A special private jet flew out of Mumbai to bring back her body Sunday afternoon.

Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi had returned to India on February 21, after the wedding, while the actress stayed back in Dubai. Her elder daughter Janhvi, who stayed back in India for the preparations of Dhadak, her Bollywood debut, was in Mumbai at the time of Sridevi’s death.

According to a report in Khaleej Times, Boney went back to Dubai. In fact, Sridevi was getting ready for a dinner date with him when the tragedy occurred. A source close to the Kapoor family is quoted as telling the publication that Boney flew down to Dubai from Mumbai and went to Sridevi’s room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel at around 5.30pm on Saturday to surprise her.

They had a brief conversation before he asked her to have dinner with him. Sridevi went to the washroom to freshen up. After 15 minutes, Boney knocked on the door but received no response. He then forced open the door of the bathroom and was shocked to find Sridevi lying unconscious in the bathtub filled with water.

He then tried to revive her, and when he could not, he called a friend. They then informed the police at 9pm, the publication reported.

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