Bollywood Icon Sridevi Drowns in Bathtub

Police sources say Sridevi was under the influence of alcohol
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2018 4:18 PM CST
Updated Feb 26, 2018 4:47 PM CST
In this Dec. 1, 2012 file photo, Indian actress Sridevi arrives at the Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, at the Marrakech Congress Palace.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

(Newser) – Indian actress Sridevi drowned in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, the Dubai police said in a statement Monday, though two police officials said she was also under the influence of alcohol at the time. The 54-year-old, who for years was one of Bollywood's top actresses, died late Saturday while in Dubai for a wedding. Her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor had told an Indian newspaper that she died of a cardiac arrest. In a tweet, the Dubai police said that her death was "due to drowning in her hotel apartment's bathtub following loss of consciousness," the AP reports. They added that the case had been handed to the public prosecutor's office, "which will carry out regular legal procedures."

Two Dubai police officials added, though, that she was under the influence of alcohol. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters. Sridevi, who was at her peak in the 1980s and '90s, was seen as the first female superstar in India's male-dominated film industry. She was known for her impeccable comic timing as well as her dancing skills—a serious asset in country where song-and-dance melodramas are a movie staple. Sridevi began acting as a child in regional cinema in India's south and made her debut in Hindi-language Bollywood films in the late '70s. She stopped acting for several years after her marriage to film producer Boney Kapoor but made a well-received comeback in 2012 with English Vinglish. Her last performance was the 2017 film Mom, where she played a woman seeking vengeance after her stepdaughter is raped. She is survived by her husband and two daughters.

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