Coroner releases new report on Natalie Wood’s death in ’81
A newly released report shows coroner’s officials amended Natalie Wood’s death certificate based on unanswered questions about bruises on her upper body but were lacking several pieces of evidence and could only conclude that she drowned under undetermined circumstances more than 30 years ago.
Los Angeles County coroner’s officials state in a 10-page addendum to Wood’s autopsy report that some of the bruises may have occurred before she went into the water and drowned, but that could not be definitively determined.
The report reveals new details about a renewed investigative interest in Wood’s case, but it does not answer many of lingering questions about the actress’ death and a sheriff’s department spokesman said it has not changed the ongoing status of the case.
Officials reviewed Wood’s case after sheriff’s investigators in late 2011 renewed their inquiry into her November 1981 drowning. Wood’s death certificate was amended last year to change her cause of death from drowning to “drowning and other undetermined factors” and the report released Monday details the reasons for the alteration.
The certificate also was amended to state that the circumstances of how the Oscar-nominated actress ended up in the water were “not clearly established.”
Wood was on a yacht off Catalina Island with husband Robert Wagner and co-star Christopher Walken on Thanksgiving weekend in 1981 before somehow ending up in the water.