February 27, 2018 / 12:09 PM / 2 years ago

Body of Bollywood legend on its way home to India

People gather outside an airport as they wait to see the ambulance carrying the body of Bollywood actress Sridevi in Mumbai, India, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai has handed over the body of legendary Indian actress Sridevi to Indian authorities for it to be returned home, an Indian embassy official said on Tuesday.

The official said the body had been “received, embalmed and taken on its way to India”, the official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

Police said on Monday that a post mortem had shown that Sridevi, who died on Saturday, had drowned at her Dubai hotel room bathtub during a visit to the Gulf Arab emirate to attend a family wedding.

Media reports had earlier said the 54-year-old had died of cardiac arrest.

Reporting by Stanley Carvahlo; Aditional reporting by Shilpa JamkhandikarWriting by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Nick Macfie

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