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Sridevi Kapoor: ‘Case closed’ in Bollywood star’s death

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Police in Dubai have closed the case into the death of Bollywood star Sridevi Kapoor after handing over her body to relatives.

The actress, 54, died on Saturday “due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness”, police said. She was found in a hotel bathtub.

It had earlier been reported that she died of cardiac arrest while at a family wedding in Dubai.

Sridevi Kapoor: ‘Case closed’ in Bollywood star’s death
Sridevi Kapoor: ‘Case closed’ in Bollywood star’s death

Her body is now to be embalmed before being flown to India for her funeral.

Crowds have gathered outside Sridevi’s home in Mumbai to pay their last respects ahead of a cremation.

Why was she such a huge box-office draw?

The star of such classics as Mr India, Chandni, ChaalBaaz and Sadma, Sridevi worked in the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi languages.

Her acting career began at the age of four and by 13 she was cast in the adult role of a woman avenging her lover’s death.

Sridevi debuted as a lead actress in a Bollywood film in 1978, soon becoming one of India’s biggest film stars.

She was considered one of the very few Indian female superstars capable of huge box-office success without the support of a male hero.

The actress decided to take a break from the film industry after the release of Judaai in 1997. She made a comeback in 2012, starring in English Vinglish.

In 2013, the Indian government awarded her the Padma Shri – the country’s fourth-highest civilian honour.

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