Sridevi sudden death: Foul play cannot be ruled out

Sridevi sudden death: Foul play cannot be ruled out

DUBAI - Bollywood actress Sridevi died in her hotel room in the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, at 11pm on Saturday, a source in the Indian Consulate in Dubai revealed, Khaleej Times has reported.

She reportedly had a fainting spell in her bathroom and was immediately rushed to Rashid Hospital in Dubai. The hotel, however, refused to comment on the matter and an employee stated that it is under police investigation.

Sources in the Indian Consulate said that she was brought dead to the hospital.

Officials of the forensics department have said that the autopsy is not yet complete, and police could take more time to complete procedures. Meanwhile, Sridevi's relatives keenly wait for the repatriation of her body.

It is said that Dr Khaled Alburaiki is performing the autopsy. An official said, "Since she is such a high-profile personality, we cannot rush the inquisition or the post-mortem procedures."

Procedures are ongoing at the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology, and only once it is complete, will the body be moved to Muhaisana for embalming and other administrative procedures.

Sridevi's body is yet to be released by officials at the forensics department. Family members and well-wishers are waiting outside the premises. One reason for the delay in releasing the body could be that office hours are now over.

There are also rumours of foul play involved in Sridevi's death. *Khaleej Times* does not support these rumours, and further updates on Sridevi's demise will only be communicated by the concerned authorities in Dubai.

The body will be handed over to the family after completion of legal and administrative procedures, including cancellation of passport, immigration formalities, and getting permission from the public prosecutor at the Bur Dubai Police Station.

Sajid Valliyath, a Dubai-based legal representative, who was at the forensics department said:

"Today is a sad and dark day for Indians everywhere. She charmed audience by her memorable films and performances. My heart and thoughts are with her family and fans. I cannot express my sadness in enough words. My condolences to Indians everywhere.

Indian Consulate officials confirmed that the inquest is going on.

"The family is now awaiting for the death certificate and a few other documents."