Sridevi’s body to be embalmed

Bollywood Superstar Sridevi (54), who ruled the silver screen in 1980s, died of accidental drowning, according to a Dubai forensics report. Earlier, it had been reported that the actress, died of sudden cardiac arrest on Saturday while at a family wedding in Dubai. As per Khaleej Times, Dubai Police has handed over the Indian Consulate and the family members of Boney Kapoor the letters for the release of the mortal remains of the Indian cinema icon Sridevi Boney Kapoor. The body will be embalmed


Dubai Media Office has shared a series of tweets informing that Dubai Public Prosecution has approved the release of the body of Sridevi to her family following the completion of a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of her death.

Dubai Public Prosecution stressed that all regular procedures followed in such cases have been completed. As per the forensic report, the death of the Indian actress occurred due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness. The case has now been closed.

As the Dubai police hands over letters for the release of Bollywood superstar Sridevi’s body to her family for embalming, here’s a look at the process of preserving human body to delay decomposition. Also, her body has reached the embalming centre.

What is embalming?

  • Embalming is the process of preserving the human body after death to delay decomposition.  Many people still choose embalming for their loved ones.
  • There are two main types of embalming: arterial and cavity. The arterial process works by replacing blood with embalming fluids, whereas cavity involves draining and filling the abdomen and chest.
  • Before embalming begins, the person who has died is washed with a disinfectant solution and the body is massaged to relieve any rigor mortis, when muscles and joints can become stiff after death. The eyes and mouth are closed.
  • In the case of arterial embalming, the blood is removed via the veins and replaced with embalming fluids via the arteries.
  • In the case of cavity embalming, the natural fluids inside the chest and abdomen are removed via a small incision.
  • After the embalming process is complete, the body is often cosmetically prepared for viewing. This involves once again washing the person who has died and dressing them.

Dr Harish Pathak, Head of Department in Forensics, KEM Hospital said, “Generally, cavity embalming is done in case  the body’s undergoes post mortem. In which, fluid is injected in the body. The fluid is injected in hands, legs and joints so that the body doesn’t get decomposed.”