Thirty years after the drowning death of actress Natalie Wood- an event that has always been viewed by the public as suspicious- a rep for Wood’s husband Robert Wagner says the actor fully supports a renewed inquiry into her tragic death.
November 28th will be three decades to the day Wood fell overboard from a yacht and drowned in Southern California, and Wagner’s rep issued a somewhat innuendo-heavy statement reacting to news that the case would be re-opened:
“Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department about this matter, they fully support the efforts of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. [Wagner trusts] 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.”
Some of the impetus to reinvestigate comes from the ship’s Captain Dennis Davern, who critics say is shopping a book about the tragedy. In his own book in 2008, Wagner addressed the events of the evening and said he blames himself for Wood’s death:
“Nobody knows [what led to Wood’s death.] There are only two possibilities; either she was trying to get away from the argument, or she was trying to tie the dinghy. But the bottom line is that nobody knows exactly what happened.”
Later in the book, Wagner wrote, “Did I blame myself? If I had been there, I could have done something. But I wasn’t there. I didn’t see her.”
Reps for Christopher Walken, who was also on the boat that night, have not commented on the case developments.