Confirming initial reports suggesting that Bollywood icon Sridevi was found dead in the bathtub of a Dubai hotel room, sources have now also confirmed that her body was found in a bloated state.
Sources tell Republic TV that medical experts were called to the hotel bathroom and helped pull Sridevi’s body out of the bathtub. This is contrary to earlier reports which suggested that it was husband Boney Kapoor who pulled Sridevi’s body out of the bathtub.
At the time of publishing this article, the required procedures to allow the repatriation of Sridevi's mortal remains have just been completed. An autopsy had earlier been conducted by authorities in Dubai and a post-mortem report is expected. Sources confirm to Republic TV that the police in Dubai have received the autopsy report.
The Indian High Commission in the UAE had on Sunday told Republic TV that they were on standby to complete the necessary procedures to bring back Sridevi's mortal remains once the Dubai authorities had given their clearance. The mortal remains are expected to be brought back aboard Anil Ambani's private jet.
Boney Kapoor is to return to the Hotel where Sridevi had died. The hotel room had been marked as a 'crucial spot' by investigators, Republic TV learnt on Monday. Sources also confirmed that she hadn't left the room for 2-3 days.
Sridevi's last rites are scheduled to take place in Mumbai. A number of industry persons are expected to attend.
In news that shocked the Nation, it emerged on Saturday night that Sridevi had died in Dubai after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was there to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding.