Natalie Wood Death: What Did Christopher Walken Say About Her Death In 1997?

By Staff Reporter on January 15, 2013 2:28 PM EST

Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood in her last film, "Brainstorm." (Photo: Creative Commons)

In 1981 the world lost actress Natalie Wood, but her death hasn't stopped her from making headlines.

As we reported yesterday, new information has emerged on the 43-year-old's mysterious death in November of 1981. Initially ruled an "accidental drowning," the Los Angeles County coroner's office has released some shocking new information that reveals the possibility of something many suspected ... foul play.

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According to CNN, the coroner's office changed Wood's cause of death from "accidental drowning" to "drowning and other undetermined factors." The change was announced on June 15, 2012, however the report was just released this past Monday.

"With the presence of fresh bruises in the upper extremities in the right forearm/left wrist area and a small scratch in the anterior neck, this examiner is unable to exclude non-accidental mechanism causing these injuries," wrote Chief medical examiner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran. "The location of the bruises, the multiplicity of the bruises, lack of head trauma or facial bruising support bruising having occurred prior to entry in the water. Since there are unanswered questions and limited additional evidence available for evaluation, it is opined by this medical examiner that the manner of death should be left as undetermined."

While the examiner is leaving the manner of death "undetermined," the autopsy report continued that they are unable to exclude "non-volitional, unplanned entry into the water." The report also stated that "how injury occurred" will be listed as "found floating in the ocean."

On the night of her death in 1981, Natalie Wood had been on a yacht with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, her co-star Christopher Walken, and the boat's captain, Dennis Davern. She had mysteriously ended up in the water, and her body was discovered on Nov. 29, 1981. Her death was initially considered an accident as she had no history of suicide attempts and did not leave a note. However the night has remained a mystery as the occupants on board have conflicting stories of the evening.

According to the Huffington Post, Wagner is not considered a suspect, and it is unknown if the Sheriff's office suspects foul play from Walken or Davern. Walken has stayed quiet on Wood's death over the years. The actor has been contacted recently regarding the latest report of Wood but refused to comment.

Despite the tight lip, Walken did talk about the deadly night back in 1997 to Playboy Magazine [via Hollywood Reporter].

"Anybody there saw the logistics -- of the boat, the night, where we were, that it was raining -- and would know exactly what happened," he explained to the magazine. "You hear about things happening to people - they slip in the bathtub, fall down the stairs, step off the curb in London because they think that the cars come the other way - and they die. You feel you want to die making an effort at something; you don't want to die in some unnecessary way."

Walken continued, "What happened that night only she knows, because she was alone. She had gone to bed before us, and her room was at the back. A dinghy was bouncing against the side of the boat, and I think she went to move it. There was a ski ramp that was partially in the water. It was slippery -- I had walked on it myself. She had told me she couldn't swim; in fact, they had to cut a swimming scene from ['Brainstorm']. She was probably half asleep, and she was wearing a coat."

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