Bollywood actress Sridevi passed away in her hotel room in the Emirates Towers, Dubai at 11pm on Saturday, a source in the Indian Consulate in Dubai revealed.
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.
Sridevi's body was brought to the Dubai Forensics Department in the early hours of Sunday morning in an ambulance. Updates from sourcesin the forensics department have revealed that she was not taken to a hospital but directly moved to forensics at2 am Sunday morning.
Several Indian fans and social workers living in Dubai have gathered at the Dubai Forensic Centre to pay their respects to the late actor.
A Dubai- based civil engineer Usman Mohammed Ibrahim, Indian national from Chennai, India has been waiting at the Dubai Forensics Centre since 10 am. He said, "I've seen her all her movies since my childhood. especially the Tamil movies. Her iconic dialogues in many movies still echo in my heart and ears," he said.
Indian Consulate officials are currently working closely with the local authorities to expedite the repatriation procedures.
Officials at the forensics department confirmed that her body will now be taken to the Muhaisana Medical Centre for embalming, after which it will be repatriated to India on a private jet.
Another Dubai-based social worker Nizar Nandi said, "I arrived here at 7 am this morning. This is one of the most shocking news of this year."
Indian Consulate officials are currently working closely with the local authorities to expedite the repatriation procedures. "Her mortal remains were handed over to the forensic department," the source added.
The Consulate officials confirmed that her body is currently at the police headquarters morgue in Al Qusais and a consulate employee is currently with the family, helping them expedite procedures for repatriation.
Consul General of India Vipul said, "We are working with the Dubai Police to expedite the procedure to repatriate her body to India."
Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri tweeted his condolences to the family stating, "Absolutely shocked to get the report about the untimely demise of #Sridevi.Conveyed my condolences to the family. Our consulate in Dubai is working with local authorities to provide all possible assistance."
Meanwhile, Suri told Khaleej Times, "We are working with the local government and we are in touch with the family to help repatriate her body to India as soon as possible."
The actress was in the UAE to attend the wedding celebrations of her nephew Mohit Marwah.
The wedding function took place at the RAK Waldorf Astoria, which sources revealed the family checked out on Thursday, February 22. Since then, Sridevi and family moved to the Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai.
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