Sridevi, who was initially thought to have died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday, had drowned in the bathtub of her hotel in Dubai, the police there said on Monday.
The Dubai government said in a tweet that the police have transferred the case to the “Dubai Public Prosecution” which will carry out regular legal procedures followed in such cases.
“Following the completion of post mortem analysis, Dubai police headquarters today stated that the death of the Indian actress Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bath tub following loss of consciousness,” the Dubai government’s media office said on Twitter.
Dubai Police called in Boney Kapoor to the Bur Dubai police station for investigation. The Police took his statement after which he was allowed to go back to his hotel room, reported Press Trust of India, quoting UAE’s leading national daily Gulf News.
It is not clear what caused Sridevi, 54, to lose consciousness, and whether the initial report of her death due to cardiac arrest still holds. Her death, which was first reported at around 3 a.m. on Sunday in India, sent shock waves across the country.
Sridevi’s body will be brought back to Mumbai for the funeral by a chartered jet. Indian envoy Navdeep Suri said officials are working closely with the authorities in UAE to expedite the return.