New Coroner's Office report suggests Natalie Wood could've been assaulted before 1981 death

By Gina DiFalco,

The mystery behind iconic actress Natalie Wood’s death is starting to thicken after a new death report suggests she could’ve been assaulted before passing away in 1981.

Wood drowned to death off the coast of Catalina Island, which was ruled to be an accident. Her husband Robert Wagner said she had accidentally fell overboard, but questions have always surrounded the mysterious case.

Now, CBS News reports that the Los Angeles Coroner's Office is expected to release a new document, which was done to review the original 1981 report that says her death was an accident.

The new report says she could’ve been assaulted, as she had bruises on her wrists, knees, and ankles. Although it was first considered the bruises were from a struggle with falling overboard, the Coroner’s Office says they’re more likely to coincide with an assault.

In 2011, the investigation to her death was re-opened when the ship’s captain came forward to say he heard Wood arguing with Wagner that night.

E! Online reports that after her case was reopened, her death certificate was modified to say the cause of death was “undetermined” instead of “accidental.”

Wagner is not a suspect in the case.

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