Natalie Wood Death Report Updated, Actress May Have Been Assaulted

| by Michael Allen

A new Los Angeles County Coroner's report into the death of Natalie Wood released today questions the original 1981 report, which concluded that the actress died accidentally, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The new report says that bruising on Wood's wrists and other areas are more consistent with injuries from an assault prior to when she entered the water.

However, the new report does not classify Wood's death as a homicide.

Unnamed sheriff's sources told the Los Angeles Times that the bruises on her wrists and other areas were overlooked by the coroner's investigators in the 1981 accidental death.

Los Angeles County coroner's officials changed Wood's death certificate from an "accidental drowning" to "drowning and other undetermined factors" in August 2011. The case was re-opened in November 2011.

At the time of her death, her husband Robert Wagner told police that Wood fell off their yacht, possibly while trying to tie a dinghy that had been banging against the side of the boat.

Wood's body was found hours later floating in the waters off Catalina Island.