Sridevi died of ‘accidental drowning in bathtub’

Bollywood actor Sridevi Kapoor died due to “accidental drowning” in a bathtub, according to a forensic report seen by local media.

Dubai Police released the report to family, revealing traces of alcohol were found in the 54-year-old’s body. According to Gulf News, she accidentally lost balance, fell into the bathtub and drowned.

Sridevi – whose death was first reported over the weekend – was attending her nephew’s wedding in Dubai with her husband, film producer Boney Kapoor, and daughter Khushi.

Initial reports claim Kapoor and Sridevi attended dinner together at 5.30pm on Saturday (24 February) before the actor went to the bathroom to prepare for the evening.

Khaleej Times say Kapoor forced himself into the room after receiving no response, only to find Sridevi ”lying motionless in a bathtub full of water”.

Born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut at in 1975 drama Julie, aged four. She later landed a starring role in 1979 drama Solva Sawan; having multiple commercial successes, including Himmatwala (1983), which cemented her place as one of Bollywood’s top stars, Mawaali (1983), Maqsad (1984) and Waqt Ki Awaz (1988).

In 2013, the Indian government awarding her the Padma Shri – the fourth highest civilian honour – in 2013. Last year’s Mom, in which she played a mother avenging her daughter’s sexual assault, marked her final appearance and 300th film.

Those to have paid tribute to Sridevi include actor Priyanka Chopra, who wrote on Twitter: “I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved Sridevi. A dark day. RIP.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote: “She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances.”

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