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Sridevi's body arrives back in Mumbai as devastated fans gather to pay tribute
Sridevi has been laid to rest (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Bollywood actress Sridevi’s body has finally arrived back in Mumbai to an outpouring of grief from fans.

Dubai authorities released the body after carrying out further investigations and she was flown back to India on Tuesday.

Sridevi was met with hoards of fans lining the streets in tribute to the late star, who died from accidental drowning on Saturday. The funeral is reportedly set to take place later today.

The body is currently at the Celebration Sports Club near her home.

epa06569574 People queue to pay their respects to the late Indian actress Sridevi Kapoor outside her residence in Mumbai, India, 28 February 2018. According to media reports, Indian actress Sridevi Kapoor died at the age of 54 while attending a family wedding in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI
Fans lined the streets as Sridevi was returned home (Picture: EPA)
A fan of of Bollywood actress Sridevi holds a flower as he waits to offer his condolences outside a makeshift memorial in Mumbai, India, February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
Fans carried flowers as they arrived to say their goodbyes (Picture: REUTERS)

Police were deployed to be stationed outside her house and along the procession route to the Vile Parle Seva Samai crematorium where the body will be taken.

Sridevi’s colleagues, fellow actors and actresses, and her family arrived to pay tribute ahead of the funeral at the ‘condolence meet’, which began at 9.30am.

The superstar was confirmed dead on Saturday evening, but reports earlier had revealed how Sredevi, who was in Dubai for her nephew’s wedding, was discovered in the bath by her husband, film producer Boney Kapoor.

A woman holds a picture of late Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor as she stands outside her house before Sridevi's funeral in Mumbai on February 28, 2018. India has been mourning Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor after her death in Dubai aged just 54, as police in the emirate said she drowned in her hotel bathtub. Sridevi -- one of the biggest names in Hindi cinema -- died late on February 24 after suffering a cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had been attending her nephew's wedding. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPEPUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images
Fans carried pictures of the late star (Picture: AFP)

It has been claimed that Kapoor, who had left Dubai for Mumbai earlier in the week but returned to the city for dinner on Saturday evening, woke Sridevi up around 5.30 pm and the couple chatted for around 15 minutes before Sridevi went to the bathroom to prepare for the evening ahead.

epa06568995 Indian security personnel stand guard outside airport as the family of late Indian actress Sridevi Kapoor arrive with her mortal remains in Mumbai, India, 27 February 2018. According to media reports, Indian actress Sridevi Kapoor died at the age of 54 while attending a family wedding in Dubai, UAE. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI
Police lined the streets ahead of the funeral procession (Picture: EPA)
epa06569579 People watch as celebrities arrive to pay their respects to the late Indian actress Sridevi Kapoor outside her residence in Mumbai, India, 28 February 2018. According to media reports, Indian actress Sridevi Kapoor died at the age of 54 while attending a family wedding in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI
Sridevi was found dead on Saturday (Picture: EPA)

When she didn’t come out for some time, Kapoor knocked and then forced open the door to see the actor ‘lying motionless in a bathtub full of water’, according to the Khaleej Times.

‘He tried to revive her and when he could not, he called a friend of his. After that, he informed the police at 9pm,’ the report says, quoting a source.

Sridevi’s death certificate was released Monday confirming accidental drowning as the cause of death.

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