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Death of Indian Actress Determined to Be Accidental

Feb 27, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“Dubai investigators on Tuesday closed the case into the death last weekend of Indian movie icon Sridevi, calling it an accidental drowning,” the AP reports. “The 54-year-old Sridevi, who was known by only one name, drowned in a hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, officials said. Police officials have said the autopsy also revealed alcohol in her system.”

The state-run Dubai Media office sent out a tweet saying: “The case has now been closed.”

The actress’ body was brought by her family to Mumbai, and she is scheduled to be cremated Wednesday, the report notes.

“Sridevi was the most famous Bollywood actress of the 1980s and ’90s, and the first woman to get top billing in an industry then completely dominated by men,” the report notes.

“Sridevi’s 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,” the AP adds. “The coverage has been both lurid and restrained, with one TV station showing a reporter talking about her death from inside a bathtub, and many newspapers not mentioning the alcohol reports.”

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