As some television news channels went hysterical in their coverage of Sridevi’s death on Monday, Indian Ambassador to United Arab Emirates (UAE), Navdeep Singh Suri, urged the media to be responsible while reporting on the matter.

On Monday, the Dubai Police released the forensic report of the 54-year-old Indian actress who died late on Saturday, 24 February, in the Emirates capital city. The report revealed that Sridevi had died of accidental drowning in her hotel room’s bathtub. Reports also said that there were traces of alcohol in her body.

This came as a surprise to many as it was earlier reported that she had died of cardiac arrest. Media began speculating on the legendary actress’ death leading to a social media outburst against the coverage.

Suri took to Twitter to comment on the incessant speculations and clarify on the repatriation of the mortal remains of the cinestar who ruled the Hindi film industry from 1980s to mid 1990s.

“The media interest in untimely demise of #Sridevi is understandable. But the frenzy of speculation does not help. Imp to note that: 1. We are working with local authorities to ensure that mortal remains can be sent to India at the earliest. We are on the job. 2. We are in regular contact with the family of Sridevi and other well- wishers. We share their pain. 3. Our experience in similar cases tells us that it does take 2-3 days to complete processes. 4. We leave it to the experts to determine cause of demise

Let’s be responsible,” he urged.


Leading media personalities, too, have joined voices to condemn the speculative and sensational reportage.

The Dubai Public Prosecution began investigation into the untimely demise of the actress after the case was forwarded to it by the Dubai Police on Monday.

The overall investigation into her death began early Sunday morning, and the late actor’s body has been at the General Department of Forensic Evidence, Dubai, since 2.30 am, on Sunday, reports Khaleej Times.

The Dubai Police has also recorded the statement of Sridevi’s producer husband Boney Kapoor, who discovered Sridevi unconscious in a bathtub filled with water. She was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.