Natalie Wood's drowning death to be re-opened by L.A. County sheriff's department

natalie-wood-getty.jpgLos Angeles homicide detectives are re-opening the investigation into the death of Natalie Wood, reports the AP. The three-time Oscar-nominated actress drowned nearly 30 years on a yacht off Santa Catalina island while boating with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.

At the time, the death was ruled an accidental drowning; Wood was revealed to have been drinking at the time she drowned. Wood was thought to possibly have been trying to board a dinghy, which was later found in Catalina cove, when she fell into the water and drowned.

The re-opening of the case was prompted by the Los Angeles County sheriff's department receiving new information regarding the trip from the ship's captain, Dennis Davern. Davern was recently interviewed about the incident for a collaboration between Vanity Fair and "48 Hours Mystery," doing a piece on Wood's death. The sheriff's department is holding a news conference Friday (Nov. 18), where more details will possibly be revealed.

A spokesman for Wagner has released the following statement:

"Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the LA County Sheriff's department about this matter, they fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death."

Wood was 43 years old when she died, leaving behind ex husband Richard Gregson, husband Wagner and two daughters, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Courtney Wagner.

Over the course of her career Wood was nominated for three Oscars for her work in "Rebel Without a Cause," "Splendor in the Grass," and "Love With the Proper Stranger." She is also well known for her portrayal of Maria in "West Side Story."

The pallbearers for Natalie's funeral were Rock Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, Elia Kazan, Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Fred Astaire.

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