1 : Introduction to the question “4. What was the cause of death of actress Natalie Wood, whose body was found on November 29, 1981?
…1. suicide by leaping of an advertisement sign in Hollywood, California
2. death from drowning near Catalina Island in California
3. result of an elevator accident in Hollywood, California
4. killed in a building explosion in West Los Angeles, California
Following an investigation conducted by the Los Angeles County Coroner Office, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Noguchi announced that the official cause of death was “accidental drowning”.
Wood, her husband, actor Robert Wagner, and a family friend, actor Christopher Walken, were aboard “Splendor”, the yacht owned by Wood and Wagner, on a weekend boating trip to Santa Catalina Island, just off the Pacific coast near Los Angeles, California. The yacht was anchored in a cove just outside of Catalina, where the party enjoyed a relaxing evening. While there were no actual witnesses to the incident, Dr. Noguchi was able to piece together a probable scenario to the incident, based on the coroner investigation.
Dr. Noguchi surmised that at some point that evening, Wood either attempt to leave the yacht, or was trying to secure a small dinghy to prevent it from banging against the hull of the yacht, when she slipped, and accidentally fell overboard. The post mortem toxicology report from the coroner’s office suggested that that Wood had consumed 7 or 8 glasses of wine before the accident, and was intoxicated when she fell into the water. At the time, Wood was wearing a heavy down-filled coat and wool sweater. With her judgment impaired by the alcohol in her body, she probably did not realized how heavy the wet coat and sweater would be, and she was pulled underwater by the additional weight of the clothing.
In a career that went from 1943 until 1983, Wood appeared in 47 movies, earning the Academy Award nomination for “Best Supporting Actress” in 1956 for “Rebel Without A Cause” (1955), and “Best Actress” nominations in 1962 for “Splendor In The Grass” (1961), and in 1964 for “Love With A Proper Stranger” 1963).
4. What was the cause of death of actress Natalie Wood, whose body was found on November 29, 1981?