Natalie Wood :The Death Certificate Of Legendary Hollywood Actress Natalie Wood Changed From ‘Accidental Death’ To ‘Undetermined’.
Officers from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office have filed to make the change official six months after reopening the case of the West Side Story star whose body was found floating in the Pacific Ocean in November 1981. A police source said last night: ‘There were bruises on the body that cannot be explained by drowning. The investigation is ongoing into determining the cause of Miss Wood’s death.’ The source described Wood’s husband, Hart To Hart star Robert Wagner, now 81, as a ‘person of interest’ in the case, which has become one of Hollywood’s greatest mysteries. It was reopened last November after new witnesses said they had heard the actress scream in terror on the last night of her life. Wood, 43, was on the yacht Splendour with Wagner and her alleged lover, actor Christopher Walken, now 69, when she vanished overboard on November 29. Her husband has always insisted she drowned accidentally after falling overboard as she tried to secure a dinghy banging against the boat’s side. But Wood’s sister Lana told The Mail on Sunday last year that she always suspected foul play: ‘Natalie would never have gone out in the middle of the night to secure a dinghy. She was terrified of water. Her death was no accident. I’ve always believed she was murdered.’ Last year, new witness Marilyn Wayne, who was on a nearby boat, said she heard Wood ‘screaming in terror’ on the night of her death.
In a sworn statement, she said: ‘My cabin window was open. A woman’s voice, crying for help, awakened me. “Help me, someone please help me, I’m drowning,” I heard.’ Wayne said she called the harbour patrol officer but her calls went unanswered.
Changed: TMZ says that Los Angeles detectives have changed Natalie Wood's death certificate status from 'accident' to undetermined'; she is pictured with then-husband Robert Wagner
Beauty: Natalie Wood, seen skiing in the French Alps c.1980, and right, with her husband at AFI
Famous actress: Wood starred opposite James Dean in the 1956 classic Rebel Without A Cause
Funeral: Robert Wagner bends over to kiss the flower-covered casket of his wife during graveside ceremonies for her at Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in December 1981
Wagner and Walken said the death was accidental after a night of heavy drinking. A jealous Wagner had rowed with Walken when he allegedly flirted with his wife. Wagner has always maintained he had nothing to do with his wife’s death, describing it as ‘a tragic accident’. But the Splendour’s captain, Dennis Davern, allegedly told Lana that Wagner did nothing to save his wife. ‘Dennis said everyone was drunk and a fight broke out and Natalie was in the water and he and RJ [Wagner] did nothing to pull her out,’ said Lana. ‘Dennis said RJ told him to “leave her there, teach her a lesson”.’
Coming out: Former captain Dennis Davern is blaming Robert Wagner for Natalie Woods' death saying he did not let them do anything to find her
Mystery: The yacht 'Splendour' was pictured today moored in a harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii after investigators reopened the case into the mysterious death of Natalie Wood