Remember Natalie Wood’s Mysterious Death?

Published December 18, 2019

Rumble Actress Natalie Wood quickly became one of the best actresses in Hollywood starring in 'Miracle on 34th Street,' 'West Side Story,' and 'Rebel Without Cause.'

On November 29, 1981, Wood's body was found floating in the Pacific Ocean near California's Catalina Island wearing a red down jacket and flannel nightgown. Wood was spending Thanksgiving weekend aboard her yacht with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, co-star Christopher Walken, and the ship's captain Dennis Davern.

After an autopsy was conducted, the medical examiner's determined the Academy Award nominee's cause of death was accidental drowning and hypothermia. He also noted the Hollywood star had several bruises on her body and arms, as well as an abrasion on her left cheek. Wood's sister, Lana Wood, expressed doubts, alleging the actress couldn't swim and was terrified of dark water. She believed Wood's would have never left the yacht on her own.

The case was eventually reopened in November 2011 after Davern stated he lied to police during investigations, claiming Wood and Wagner had an argument. The movie star had allegedly been flirting with Walken, and Wagner was jealous. The captain also said Wagner prevented him from turning on the searchlights and notifying authorities after Wood's disappearance.

In 2012, Wood's death certificate was changed from accidental drowning to "drowning and other undetermined factors" by the County Coroner's office. In February 2018 Wagner was named a person of interest in Wood's death but had denied any involvement. The investigation is still ongoing.

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