Fans of Bollywood actress Sridevi wait to offer their condolences outside a makeshift memorial in Mumbai
Fans of Bollywood actress Sridevi wait to offer their condolences outside a makeshift memorial in Mumbai

The mortal remains of Indian film icon Sridevi, whose sudden death triggered a frenzy of grief, was flown back to Mumbai last night after Dubai authorities determined that she had accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub.

The cremation is scheduled today around 3.30 pm.

Family members, including her film-maker husband Boney Kapoor and stepson Arjun Kapoor, brought her body in a private jet after three days of uncertainty over her unexpected death on Saturday in Dubai.

The Embraer jet, owned by industrialist Anil Ambani, landed in Mumbai around 9.30 pm and

The mortal remains were then taken to the Lokhandwala residence of the Kapoors where about a dozen police personnel and as many private security men were deployed for crowd management.

Sridevi, known as Indian cinema’s first woman superstar, leaves behind her husband and their two daughters Jahnvi and Khushi.

The 54-year-old Bollywood icon was in Dubai to attend a family wedding. Her death sent shock waves across India with those who knew her at a loss to explain how the star could die so suddenly.

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