Sridevi’s funeral in Mumbai LIVE updates: Last rites delayed; mortal remains still with the Dubai Police’s Forensic department

Sridevi’s untimely demise has shocked the entire nation. Nobody is able to come in terms with the fact she’s no more but the truth remains, the actress who was just 54, breath her last in Dubai on 24th night, after suffering a major cardiac arrest. While some say she was alone in her room when she passed away. Sources close to the family suggest that her husband Boney Kapoor was in fact very much by her side trying every way to save her when she collapsed, until the doctors declared she’s dead. We can only imagine what the family must be going through right now; especially Sridevi’s elder daughter Janhvi Kapoor who didn’t even get to meet her mom in the last days as she was shooting for her debut film, back here in Mumbai.

Considering the tedious legal formalities in Dubai, Sridevi’s mortal remains are still in Dubai. Boney along with his brother Sanjay Kapoor are currently doing the paper work after which Sridevi’s body will be flown down to Mumbai via a private jet, likely by noon today. Here, check out ALL the live updates from the last rites proceedings of Sridevi, as and how it takes place today…

Funeral delayed

Contrary to earlier reports, it’s been said that Sridevi’s mortal remains won’t reach Mumbai before evening today as the legal formalities are still under process. Khaleej Times has received an exclusive update from the Indian Consulate officials stating that after receiving the Police Clearance and forensic report, the other procedures including, immigration and embalming would be completed in the next 3 to 4 hours. The officials are hopeful that Sridevi’s body will be ready for repatriation after all the completed procedures by 1 to 2 pm, Dubai time ( 3 pm Mumbai time).

Latest pics from Sridevi’s Mumbai residence

Autopsy completed

The latest we hear is that Sridevi’s autopsy has been completed and that the death certificate has been finally issued. Her mortal remains are expected to be repatriated to India by noon today followed by the funeral that will take place at the Pawan Hans crematorium in Vile Parle, Mumbai.

Why the delay in bringing Sridevi’s mortal remains to India?

Sridevi’s body could not be repatriated on Sunday because the final investigation reports from Dubai Police were not ready by late evening, officials dealing with the legal formalities were quoted by the report. Officials also clarified that as per the usual protocols, these tests take at least up to 24 hours in the case a person has died outside a hospital in Dubai. The same safety and administrative protocols are being followed by the police in this case as well.

Sridevi’s post-mortem status

It is being reported that the post mortem process is yet to begin and the chartered plane that was sent from Mumbai will only take off post 10:30 pm. Khaleej Times has quoted an official as saying, “Since she is such a high-profile personality, we cannot rush the inquisition or the post-mortem procedures.” Dr Khaled Alburaiki is performing the autopsy and the procedure is being done at the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology. The embalming treatment will be done at Muhaisana once the procedure is complete.”

Karan Johar runs to Janhvi’s resuce

As soon as Karan was informed about Sridevi’s death in Dubai, he rushed to meet Janhvi who was apparently alone at her residence that night and took her to uncle Anil Kapoor’s house. Karan, who is launching Janhvi with Dhadak, is doing everything to help Janhvi stay strong through this testing time. Rani Mukerji, Rekha, Manish Malhotra too were present all throughout the day yesterday.

Sridevi’s sudden death

It’s been said that after attending Mohit Marwah’s wedding, Sridevi decided to extend her stay for a couple of days in Dubai, unlike other family members including her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi Kapoor, who flew back on the 23rd Feb. However, according to a source close to the family, Kapoor then decided to fly back to Dubai on the 24th and surprise Sridevi in her room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel around 5:30 pm. He woke her up and the couple chatted for about 15 minutes before he invited her for dinner. Sridevi then went to the washroom to freshen up. 15 minutes passed and Sridevi did not come out, leaving Boney Kapoor worried. He knocked on the door to check on her and when he got no response, he forced open the door to find his beloved wife lying motionless in the bathtub full of water. “He tried to revive her and when he could not, he called a friend of his. After that, he informed the police at 9pm,” said the source.

The police and paramedics immediately rushed to the site, but she was pronounced dead. Her body was taken to the General Department of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.