The Natalie Wood case has reopened, but it’s far from the only celebrity death to spark unanswered questions.
Thirty-six years after Natalie Wood drowned off the coast of Catalina Island in California, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has re-opened the investigation into her mysterious death.
With her then-husband, Robert Wagner, now a person of interest, Wood’s case remains one of many celebrity deaths still shrouded in question.
Here are five other Hollywood figures who suffered still-mysterious deaths.
Bob Crane (‘Hogan’s Heroes’), 1978
Actor Bob Crane, shown in character in 1965 as Col. Robert Hogan from “Hogan’s Heroes.”
(Photo: Associated Press)
Bob Crane, star of the TV comedy Hogan’s Heroes, was found beaten to death in his Phoenix-area apartment at age 49, an electrical cord wound around his throat. Police found that Crane had filmed and photographed pornography, and had possibly been bludgeoned with a camera tripod. They suspected his friend, John Carpenter, had killed him but lacked DNA evidence. Crane’s oldest son, Robert Crane, wrote a book exploring his father’s death.
David Carradine (‘Kill Bill’), 2009
David Carradine at the 2006 Environmental Media Awards in Los Angeles.
Thai police found David Carradine, the actor and martial artist who starred in both Kill Bill films, naked and hanging in the closet of his Bangkok hotel room, authorities told the BBC. The 72-year-old was in Thailand to work on his latest film, Stretch, a manager said. A private autopsy found Carradine died of asphyxiation, ruling out suicide but leaving open the possibility of accidental death, per the Hollywood Reporter. His widow settled a wrongful death suit against the company behind the film in 2011, claiming an assistant was supposed to help Carradine navigate the city, but abandoned him the night before police found his body.
Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, 1947
Actress Elizabeth Short, known as “Black Dahlia,” is seen in this undated file photo.
One of the most famous cold cases in U.S. history, 22-year-old Elizabeth Short was found naked in a vacant Los Angeles lot, her body cut in half at waist, drained of blood and posed. Her face had been cut from ear to ear, and investigators later found evidence that she had been bound. It was the gruesome death of Short, an aspiring actress, that catapulted her into celebrity with an iconic name: Black Dahlia. Her murder remains unsolved over six decades later.