Authorities in Dubai are assisting the family of Indian actress Sridevi, who died of cardiac arrest in Dubai last night.
Sources told Gulf News the legendary actress had collapsed in the bathroom.
Her body is currently at the police headquarters morgue in Al Ghusais.
Update: Indian business tycoon Anil Ambani has reportedly offered to fly the Bollywood legend's remains back to India on his private jet from Dubai.
Meanwhile, India's Consul General of India in Dubai Vipul told Gulf News: “We are in touch with Dubai Police and other authorities to expedite the repatriation of the body.”
Though the wedding function of nephew Mohit Marwah for which Sridevi and family came over to the UAE was held in Ras Al Khaimah, sources say the actress was later reportedly staying at a hotel operated by the Jumeirah Group in Dubai.
However, it is not clear if she suffered the heart attack while at the hotel.
When contacted, Jumeirah Group declined to comment.
In a statement to Gulf News, the group said: “We are unable to comment on any matter under investigation by police. We appreciate the media’s understanding and cooperation.”
The Bollywood legend's death in Dubai shocked India, that both the prime minister and the president, as well as film industry stalwarts took to Twitter to express both shock and sadness.
Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 25, 2018
I just heard Ma’am Sridevi passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. I am in shock...cant stop crying...— sushmita sen (@thesushmitasen) February 24, 2018
Unbelievable. She was a humble and beautiful lady. She was an amazing artist who had the ability to convey everything through her eyes. It feels like we are all in an airport departure lounge waiting for our announcements: Ranjeet,Veteran actor on #Sridevi pic.twitter.com/b2RhTARwej— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2018
Whatever movies she did, her performances were unmatched. My heartfelt condolences to her family.The entire industry is in 'Sadma' by hearing this news: Ashoke Pandit, Filmmaker on #Sridevi. pic.twitter.com/wUgBkl6WHL— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2018
I really have no words, I am still not able to comprehend this loss, just can't imagine what the family is going through: Adil Hussain,Actor #Sridevi pic.twitter.com/pvCbVCqsXA— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2018
Indian Ambassdor to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri tweeted: “Absolutely shocked to get the report about untimely demise of #Sridevi.”
Absolutely shocked to get the report about untimely demise of #Sridevi
Conveyed my condolences to the family.
Our consulate in Dubai is working with local authorities to provide all possible assistance.— IndAmbUAE (@navdeepsuri) February 25, 2018
Suri told Indian media that Dubai Police were engaged in preparing the forensic report.
Speaking to Gulf News, the ambassador said: “As soon as they finish the local government’s formalities, we will provide documents from our side, which is death certificate and cancellation of passport.”
He said he is also in touch with Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor.
Asked about the media reports from India stating that Sridevi’s body would be reaching in Mumbai by 2pm, he said: “I don’t think so.”