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Sridevi death investigation closed in Dubai, body being flown back to India

Sridevi's death investigation has been closed, the Dubai government said on Twitter as authorities finally released the Bollywood icon's body to her family, three days after her death.

Sridevi's family members were handed the letters for the release of her mortal remains this afternoon.

Quoting the Dubai Public Prosecution, the emirate's media office said, "All regular procedures followed in such cases [as Sridevi's death] have been completed."

"As per the forensic report, the death of the Indian actress occurred due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness," the media office added. "The case has now been closed."

Following the completion of a "comprehensive investigation" into the circumstances of Sridevi's death, her body has now been approved for release, the media office added in another tweet.

Sridevi's body is being flown back to India and the flight is expected to reach Mumbai by 10pm.

Tonight, Sridevi's body will be kept at her Green Acres home in Andheri, Mumbai, from where it will be taken to the nearby Celebration Sports Club tomorrow. Her fans can pay their tribute to the superstar from 8.30am tomorrow.

The funeral is expected to take place Juhu's Pawan Hans crematorium at 1pm. Boney Kapoor's first wife, Mona Kapoor's last rites were also performed at the Pawan Hans crematorium.

Sridevi died on February 24 in a Dubai hotel where, the Dubai Police has said, she drowned in a bathtub after losing consciousness.

For the last three days, Sridevi's body was with local authorities.

Sridevi's body was embalmed at the Medical Fitness Centre in Muhaisna, following which, her family left for the airport.