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Natalie Wood's death certificate amended

Natalie Wood drowned during a boat trip off the coast of California in November, 1981.

Actress Natalie Wood’s death certificate has been amended to reflect some of the lingering questions surrounding the star’s death in 1981.

Wood drowned during a boat trip with her husband, TV star Robert Wagner, and actor Christopher Walken. At the time it was ruled to have been an accident.

But police reopened their inquiry last year after receiving new evidence.

The death certificate now says she died as a result of “drowning and other undetermined factors”.

The amended document, obtained by the Associated Press news agency, also says the circumstances of how she ended up in the water are “not clearly established”. The certificate was altered earlier this month.

Chief of detectives William McSweeney said the decision was made by the coroner’s office. He added that detectives still had work to do on the case, but that did not necessarily mean a major development was coming.

“We don’t close these cases,” he said. “These cases have active periods and more passive periods. We’re moving toward the end of an active period.”

Actress Natalie Wood’s death certificate has been amended to reflect some of the lingering questions surrounding the star’s death in 1981.

Wood drowned during a boat trip with her husband, TV star Robert Wagner, and actor Christopher Walken. At the time it was ruled to have been an accident.

But police reopened their inquiry last year after receiving new evidence.

The death certificate now says she died as a result of “drowning and other undetermined factors”.

The amended document, obtained by the Associated Press news agency, also says the circumstances of how she ended up in the water are “not clearly established”. The certificate was altered earlier this month.

Chief of detectives William McSweeney said the decision was made by the coroner’s office. He added that detectives still had work to do on the case, but that did not necessarily mean a major development was coming.

“We don’t close these cases,” he said. “These cases have active periods and more passive periods. We’re moving toward the end of an active period.”

Wood’s body was found floating in a Catalina Island cove off the coast of California. Police reports said she was found wearing a long nightgown, socks, and a jacket.

The post-mortem report said Wood had bruises on her body and arms as well as a facial abrasion on her left cheek.

Wagner’s family said they supported the reopening of the inquiry and trusted the detectives would “evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30-year anniversary of her tragic death”.

As a child, Wood featured in films like Miracle on 34th Street and The Ghost and Mrs Muir.

She was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Rebel Without a Cause, and for best actress for Splendor in the Grass and Love with the Proper Stranger.

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