Bollywood legend Sridevi graced the silver screen with her stellar performances. India, along with the film fraternity, is in a state of shock at the news. Image Credit: File

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.

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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.

Indian Ambassdor to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri tweeted: “Absolutely shocked to get the report about untimely demise of #Sridevi.”

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.”