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|Sridevi made her acting debut aged just four, and went on have a career spanning over four decades AFP/Jag Gundu|
"The death of Indian actress Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment's bathtub following loss of consciousness," the Dubai police tweeted, citing a post-mortem.
It was earlier reported that she died of cardiac arrest late on Saturday in the United Arab Emirates. She was there for her nephew's wedding, and was reportedly with her husband, producer Boney Kapoor, and daughter Khushi at the time of her death.
The Gulf News reported that traces of alcohol were also found in Sridevi's body and police officials believe this "may have led to the accident".
The case has now been referred to the public prosecutor.
According to the newspaper, Dubai police said there will be further delays in repatriating her body to India due to findings of the forensic report.
Her body was due to be flown back to Mumbai on Monday on a charter flight.