Natalie Wood Death: Coroner Reopens Case


One of the biggest scandals in Hollywood history may have a twist ending. Actress Natalie Wood died more than 30 years ago, after drowning off the coast of Southern California. But the Natalie Wood death has never been fully explained – first termed an accidental drowning, now a coroner’s report changed Natalie Wood’s death to “drowning and other undetermined factors.”

The 43-year-old actress was on a boat with then-husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken around Thanksgiving 1981. But what happened that night remains a mystery: Natalie Wood’s death was either a terrible accident, suicide, or a cover-up intended to mask the truth.

Now a new autopsy report says that bruising and scratches on Wood’s face may indicate that Natalie Wood’s death was not entirely accidental.

The report on Natalie Wood’s death says in part: “The location of the bruises, the multiplicity of the bruises, lack of head trauma, or facial bruising support bruising having occurred prior to entry in the water. Since there are unanswered questions and limited additional evidence available for evaluation, it is opined by this Medical Examiner that the manner of death should be left as undetermined.”

Further complicating the Natalie Wood death is her ex Robert Wagner’s memoirs, which hint at an argument and a love triangle involving Walken.

“Nobody knows,” Wagner wrote in his memoir. “There are only two possibilities; either she was trying to get away from the argument, or she was trying to tie the dinghy. But the bottom line is that nobody knows exactly what happened.”

The truth of Natalie Wood’s death will most likely remain a mystery. “Natalie Wood death” has been synonymous with mystery for years, but more than 30 years later, there’s no sign that the truth will ever come out.