Khaleej Times gives account of last 30 minutes of Sridevi's life: Actor was found unconscious in hotel bathtub

FP Staff

February 26, 2018 09:20:21 IST

A report of the final half hour of Sridevi's life has emerged in Khaleej Times, a newspaper based out of United Arab Emirates. The paper reports that the veteran actor was lying unconscious in the bathtub for 15 minutes before her husband, producer Boney Kapoor found her.

According to Khaleej Times, Sridevi had dinner plans with Boney before she suffered the cardiac arrest in the Dubai hotel. Quoting unnamed sources, the newspaper report added Boney flew back from Mumbai and went to her room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel at around 5.30 pm to "surprise her with dinner."

Sridevi in Sadma.

Sridevi in Sadma.

After chatting for roughly 15 minutes with her husband, Sridevi reportedly went to the washroom where she suffered the massive attack and was found unconscious in the bathtub minutes later. "He (Boney) tried to revive her and when he could not, he called a friend of his. After that, he informed the police at 9 pm," the source told Khaleej Times.

The veteran actor, who shot to fame with Bhaaratiraja's 1977 hit Pathinaru Vayadhinile and rose to become a luminous name in Indian cinema, died late Saturday night succumbing to a massive cardiac arrest in Dubai. She was 54. Sridevi's brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor confirmed the news to The Indian Express. Sridevi's husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi were in Dubai to attend a family wedding. Elder daughter Jhanvi is in Mumbai for a film shooting. Family and friends are rushing to Sridevi’s house in Mumbai to be by Jhanvi’s side.

Reports said that once the forensic reports were handed over to Indian officials, Sridevi's body would be taken to Muhaisna for embalming. The process takes close to 90 minutes. The police will then issue a death certificate. According to news reports, the Indian consulate in Dubai will cancel the passport following which the immigration department will complete administrative procedures.

The public prosecutor will then give permission to hand over the body and a private plane will fly the mortal remains of Sridevi to India.

Sridevi, a Padma Shri awardee in 2013, began her career as a child artiste and grew up to be one of the most phenomenal female stars India ever had. In the 1990s, Sridevi's roles in Chandni, Lamhe, Mr India, Nagina were not just personal landmarks but the stuff of Indian film lore for the ages. Sridevi's more recent movies were English Vinglish and Mom which released in 2017 — her comeback after marriage and a career break. Sridevi's daughter Jhanvi is set to make her Bollywood debut this year with Karan Johar’s Dhadak.

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Updated Date: Feb 26, 2018 10:41 AM