A Huntington Harbour woman who expired at her husband's side after a Caribbean shipwreck died of "apparent natural causes," the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Wednesday.
The opinion in the case of Nancy Ann Barwick could deal a severe blow to lawsuits by her children alleging that she had been murdered.
Barwick's body was exhumed last month by a court order sought by her three children.
"After an autopsy and extensive laboratory analysis, the death of Nancy Ann Barwick is of apparent natural causes," said coroner's spokesman Bob Dambacher. "There was no evidence of traumatic injuries sufficient to cause death including strangulation, and no evidence of any toxic substances."
In a probate case and a separate wrongful death lawsuit, the children have alleged that Kenneth Barwick, whom their mother married after the death of her first husband, was responsible for her death.