Bengaluru: The forensic report on the death of Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha corroborates the suicide theory, Mangaluru Police commissioner PS Harsha said on Monday (August 26).

According to police sources, water was found in Siddhartha's lungs and his death was due to drowning. "We have received the FSL report. It corroborates the suicide theory," the commissioner said.

Siddhartha had gone missing from the River Netravati bridge near Ullal in Mangaluru on July 29 evening and two days later, his body was found floating in the river. He had left home on July 29 telling his family members that he was heading towards Sakleshpur, where he had his coffee estate. However, he directed his driver to go to Mangaluru.

At the beginning of the Ullal bridge on the swollen River Netravati, Siddhartha got off his car and asked his driver to wait for him as he walked on the bridge alone on a rainy evening without an umbrella. Two days later his body was found.

Nearly a month after his death, Siddhartha's father, 95-year old Gangaiah Hegde died on Sunday at a hospital. A few days before his death, Siddhartha had visited his father, who was in a coma in the hospital. Gangaiah was unaware of his son’s death when he passed away.