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Natalie Wood

Death Certificate Changed

"Undetermined"

7/7/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Natalie Wood's death certificate has been changed from "Accident" to "Undetermined" ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the L.A. County Coroner filed documents making the change late last month.

Members of Wood's family tell TMZ ... detectives from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department -- which has reopened the death investigation -- paid them a visit earlier today informing them of the change. They tell us ... detectives told them the change was made in part because some of the bruises on Wood's body were inconsistent with death by drowning.

Family members add ... they were told at this point authorities can't prove definitively Wood's death was accidental or the result of foul play. Detectives did tell family members Wood's death was definitely from drowning, but the way she ended up in the water is unclear.

Wood died November 29, 1981 after an alcohol-fueled party on a boat off Catalina with Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken on board.

Law enforcement sources tell us their investigation is still active.

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Eric in L.A.    

I remember a bad joke that was going around after she died. "What kind of wood doesn't float?.... Natalie Wood"

651 days ago
17.

josephgein    

Good Lord, she was beautiful. She had more talent and beauty in her pinkie finger than any of today's stars have in their entire body.

651 days ago
18.

big'un    

So long ago and the rumor started way back then. She was a smokin hot gal back then.

651 days ago
19.

K    

In photo 6, that looks like Noah Wylie in the background, as an employee, doesn't it?

651 days ago
20.

SSinOC    

This whole thing seems like nothing more than a distraction leading up to an election where a crappy economy, endless wars and high unemployment should be the focus.

651 days ago
21.

Kari    

To #8, Arnie--I agree with Jillian's post--you're an idiot. An insensitive, not even remotely funny, idiot.

651 days ago
22.

Missy    

Glad to hear. Everyone knows he off'd her but they can't prove it. But it's good he has to squirm a little thinking about it. It's so awful- her greatest fear was drowning and that's way she went. So cruel.

651 days ago
23.

drewski969    

if the end result is that she's still dead (she is still dead, right?) .. then who gives a damn?

651 days ago
24.

parlayer    

what kind of wood doesn't float?? Natalie Wood! hadn't thought of that one in a long time, thanks! Drunken Bitch fell over board ask Robert, case closed.

651 days ago
25.

Jordan    

LA county sheriffs department has nothing better to waste money on.

651 days ago
26.

Truth    

OH MAN, LET'S FINISH THE TALE FOR THE LA CORONER. NATALIE WOOD AND ROBERT WAGNER WERE ARGUING AND FIGHTING. PUSH CAME TO SHOVE, BOTH WERE DRUNK AND CHRISTOPHER WALKEN WAS DRUNK AND HIGH LOCKED IN THE CABIN ROOM SMOKING A FEW JOINTS. WAGNER HIT HER COUPLE TIMES, HENCE THE BRUISES. SHE FELL OVER AND DROWNED AND HE DID NOTHING TO HELP SAVE HER BEING A DOUCHE BAG AND HIGH OUT OF HIS FREAKIN MIND. #TRUTH!!

651 days ago
27.

Diana    

Let it GO....she's dead....who cares??????

651 days ago
28.

Jordan    

Even the DA office said they will never prosecute this case. you have a captain who was under the influence of drugs and alcahol. He wrote a book to make money can't trust one word that comes out of his mouth and oh yes i forgot the most important statute of limitation was over 20years ago NO wonder California is bankrupt.

651 days ago
29.

Tanya    

She was younger than Jennifer Aniston is now when she died! She did not age well.

651 days ago
30.

apdelga1    

Finally! all of us who have common sense and know or read about this beautiful woman know that there was foul play, and my gut feeling is Wagner did it over jealousy, now I was 5 years old then but I grew up and did lots of reading and research and not one person in this world will get that off my head.

651 days ago
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