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New report reopens questions over Natalie Wood death

Published on Jan 15, 2013 6:30 AM
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A Dec 1, 1981 file photo shows actress Natalie Wood. A new report on Monday Jan 14, 2013, shows coroner's officials amended Natalie Wood's death certificate based on unanswered questions about bruises on her upper body. -- PHOTO : AP 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Hollywood icon Natalie Wood may have suffered non-accidental injuries before her 1981 drowning death and ended up in the sea in a "non-volitional" manner, a new coroner's report said on Monday.

The report, compiled by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office after the case was re-opened in 2011, raises fresh questions about her death and the role of her actor husband Robert Wagner and a fellow actor on the fateful night.

The West Side Story and Rebel Without A Cause star drowned on the night of Nov 29, 1981 off California's Catalina Island, after an evening of drinking and eating with her husband and actor Christopher Walken.

Her "accidental" death at age 43 has long been a Hollywood mystery - but was thought to have been laid to rest until a Nov 2011 surprise announcement that police were reviving the probe.

 
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