Police: Natalie Wood’s Death Certificate Changed to ‘Undetermined’

by | July 6, 2012 at 10:45 PM | Celebrity, Celebrity Deaths, General

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Natalie Wood’s death in 1981 was recorded as an accident, but TMZ reports her death certificate has been changed to “undetermined.”

Police said the L.A. County Coroner filed for the change last month, and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, which has reopened her case, notified Wood’s family today.

Wood’s family said the certificate was changed partly because death by drowning, according to detectives wouldn’t have caused some of the bruising on her body.

The family was told Wood definitely drowned, but it’s how she fell into the water that’s still under investigation.

Wood drowned after a cocktail party on a boat off Catalina. Actors Robert Wagner—who was married to Wood and thought by some to have been involved in her death—and Christopher Walken were on board.

At this point, police can’t say for sure whether her death was an accident or a criminal act. They told TMZ the investigation is currently active.

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