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Natalie Wood’s New Autopsy: She Had Bruises On Body Before Death

Tue, January 15, 2013 9:55am EDT by Chloe Melas 4 Comments
Natalie Wood Autopsy Report
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A shocking new coroner’s report claims that the Hollywood star, who drowned in 1981 during a getaway with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken, might not have died of an ‘accidental death.’ Read on for the new autopsy details.

Natalie Wood‘s death has been the subject of much speculation over the past 30 years but a new autopsy report might shed further light as to how the actress died.

Natalie’s New Autopsy Report Reveals Evidence That She Sustained Bruises Before Her Death

Natalie’s body was found floating in the waters near Catalina Island, a vacation spot near Los Angeles, around 8am on Nov. 29, 1981. Natalie’s death at the time was ruled an accident and that she fell overboard her 60-foot yacht, The Splendour, while her husband Robert Wagner and good friend and Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken were asleep.

The new autopsy report reveals that Natalie had bruises on her face, knees, and ankles before she went into the water. The bruises have been labeled “non-accidental” by the medical examiners office. But the new report does not call Natalie’s death a homicide.

“Since there are unanswered questions and limited additional evidence available for evaluation,” Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran wrote in the report. “It is opined by this Medical Examiner that the manner of death should be left as undetermined,’

What Many Believe Happened On The Night Of Natalie’s Death

Robert and Natalie were married twice and they had a highly tumultuous relationship. Natalie was filming a movie at the time with Christopher  called Brainstorm, and there were rumors that they were having an affair.

When the three boarded The Splendour for a getaway after Thanksgiving, a fight reportedly broke out between Robert and Christopher on the night of Nov. 29. This has been confirmed countless times by the yacht’s captain, Dennis Davern. But unlike Robert’s claim that Natalie went to bed after the fight and then must have fallen overboard because she had been drinking, some don’t believe this story.

The captain claims to have heard fighting coming from Natalie and Robert’s room in the late hours of the night.

Natalie had admitted to having a fear of “dark water,” and many don’t believe she accidentally fell overboard. Robert also claims Natalie couldn’t swim.

Robert admits to fighting with Natalie but that Natalie wasn’t in her room when he came to bed. When Natalie’s body was found, she was wearing a down coat, and socks. The LA County coroner’s office ruled Natalie’s death an accident by drowning and hypothermia.

Robert wrote a book called Pieces of My Heart – A Life, in which he talks about his marriages and life with Natalie. In 2008 he told Good Morning America that Natalie’s death was “the most traumatic experience of my life.”

Hopefully this new report can shed more information as to how Natalie tragically died.

— Chloe Melas

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