American actress Natalie Wood (1938-1981), her children Natasha (C), Courtney (R), and her husband U.S. actor Robert Wagner arrive at London airport July 4, 1976.
The L.A. County Coroner’s office has reclassified actress Natalie Wood's drowning death from "accidental" to "undetermined," a source that has discussed the case with authorities has confirmed to CBS News.
The celebrity gossip website TMZ first reported the story Friday.
The 43-year-old actress drowned off Catalina Island in November 1981 during a boating trip with her husband Robert Wagner. Actor Christopher Walken and boat captain Dennis Davern were also on the trip.
The coroner's investigation at the time determined that Wood's death was an accident, the result of an apparent fall and head injury at night. Thomas Noguchi, the county coroner 30 years ago, reported that Wood's blood alcohol level was .14. Blood tests also found Wood had taken sea sickness medication and a painkiller.
Sheriff's detectives reopened the investigation into Wood's death late last year after new statements from Davern, but the renewed investigation did not change the findings of the previous one.
A statement from L.A. County Sheriff's Captain Mike Parker, released yesterday after numerous media calls, says Wood's death "remains an open and ongoing investigation. There are no further details."
Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey wrote in response: "The case is currently on security hold at the request of the Sheriff’s Deparment. It is an open investigation and we are cooperating fully with the Sheriff’s Department. This Department is making no comments at this time.”
The security hold, which is common in high-profile cases, prevents the coroner from commenting or releasing information on the death certificate.