It has now come to light that actor Sridevi, who passed away late on Saturday night, died due to accidental drowning in the bathtub.
The death certificate accessed by the media said that the reason for Sridevi's death was accidental drowning. According to media reports, Dubai police have said that there is no criminal motive. However, other reports said that the officials are going to conduct further investigations. It is unclear whether the body will be handed over to the family immediately.
Although the pages of the death certificate accessed by media do not mention it, Gulf News reported that traces of alcohol were found in Sridevi's blood samples.
The certificate also does not mention whether Sridevi suffered from a cardiac arrest, as had been reported according to the information given by the family earlier.
Sridevi passed away in Dubai late on Saturday night, where she had gone to attend a wedding.
“The investigation is still going on to determine the circumstances surrounding the accident as the forensic report only says that she drowned,” an official told Gulf News.
According to the Dubai government's Media Office, "Dubai Police has transferred the case to Dubai Public Prosecution, which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases."
Dubai Police has transferred the case to Dubai Public Prosecution, which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases.— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 26, 2018
The actor born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayappan in 1963 in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu, is survived by her husband and two daughters Jhanvi and Khushi.
Sridevi made her debut as a child artist in Kandhan Karunai at the mere age of four. She went on to play more roles across the southern industries before making her debut with Julie in Bollywood, in a Hindi remake of the Malayalam hit Chattakari.
Sridevi soon became a leading actor in the south and Hindi films and was known for her ability to act, dance as well as comic timing. She acted with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and many more superstars but always held her own on screen.
While she moved from strength to strength in the film world, her personal life was mired in controversy. She fell in love with the much-married producer Boney Kapoor, giving ample fodder for the gossip mills. The two of them married in 1996 and Sridevi took a break from films. The 1997 Hindi film Judaai was her last major picture.
But the actor was back with a bang in 2012 with English Vinglish, once again proving that she still had a hold over the box-office. She also became active in the television space and made an appearance on Aamir Khan's ‘Satyameva Jayate’ episode.
Sridevi starred in two other films, Puli (Tamil) and Mom (Hindi) after her comeback.
She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013.