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Wednesday
Feb092011

Coroner: Busch's Girlfriend Died from Oxycodone Overdose

Photo Courtesy - Anheuser-Busch(ST. LOUIS) -- The girlfriend of former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV died at his home after accidentally overdosing on the painkiller oxycodone, the St. Louis County medical examiner said Wednesday.

Adrienne Martin, 27, of St. Charles, was found dead on the morning of Dec. 19 at Busch's sprawling estate in suburban St. Louis. Martin had slept at Busch's home the night before her death. He has said he woke up around 11 a.m. and tried to awaken Martin, but couldn't.

St. Louis County forensics administrator Suzanne McCune said the full report from Martin's toxicology exam wouldn't be released until the prosecuting attorney's investigation is complete. She would not say if any other drugs were found in Martin's system.

It wasn't immediately clear if the finding could result in any criminal charges. Busch's attorney, Art Margulis, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Busch, 46, was the last in a long line of members of his family to head the iconic brewery, maker of Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob, Busch and other beers. Despite his efforts to ward off a takeover, Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. was sold to Belgian brewer InBev in 2008, two years after Busch took over as chief executive officer upon his father's retirement.

Busch said his relationship with Martin was so strong he had put aside his playboy ways.

"She was the only girl I've ever been with that I didn't want to have someone on the side," Busch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an interview last month. "You know, I'm this notorious bachelor who always wanted someone on the side, but I didn't with Adrienne."

Martin had done modeling work and was the mother of an eight-year-old son from a previous marriage. Friends had said she was strongly opposed to illegal drugs.

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Monday
Dec272010

911 Call in Mysterious Busch Home Death Released

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HUNTLEIGH, Mo.) -- The mystery of an aspiring model's death in the home of the former Anheuser-Busch CEO deepened when authorities released the 911 call that was reportedly made more than 40 minutes after Adrienne Martin was discovered unresponsive.

"This girl is just not waking up. We can't get her to...," a man tells emergency dispatchers. When asked if Martin, 27, is still breathing, he says, "We don't know."

Martin's death was reported to the police just after 1 p.m. on Dec. 19, according to the Frontenac Police Department. Her body was found in a $2 million mansion in Huntleigh, Mo., owned by August Busch IV, the former Anheuser-Busch CEO.

There is more than a 40-minute gap between the discovery of Martin's condition and the call to dispatchers, which authorities are investigating, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Officials at the Frontenac Police Department declined to speculate on what may have caused Martin's death. It could take as long as six weeks for the results of toxicology tests to determine whether she suffered an overdose, officials said.

It has been widely reported that Martin and Busch had been dating for nearly a year.

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Friday
Dec242010

Woman Found Dead at Home of Anheuser-Busch Heir

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- A 27-year-old woman was found dead on Sunday in the St. Louis-area mansion of August Busch IV, the heir of the Anheuser-Busch dynasty.

Authorities say Adrienne Martin’s death was reported to police just after 1 p.m., but investigators say there appears to be no signs of trauma or other indications of a cause of death. Martin’s body was found at the million-dollar mansion belonging to Busch, but it’s unclear whether or not Busch was at his home at the time of Martin's death.

It has been widely reported that Martin and Busch had been dating for nearly a year. Busch, 46, is the great-great-grandson of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch, and had been in charge of the famed brewery until 2008, when the long-time family company was sold to InBev. Martin appears to have been an aspiring model, with profiles on various modeling websites.

Busch has a past littered with a number of run-ins with the law. In 1983, he was involved in a car accident in which his friend and passenger, Michele Frederick, 22, died. Busch left the scene of the accident, and cops later found him with a severe head wound at his home. Busch was never charged due to lack of evidence. Then in 1985, he was arrested after leading police on a high-speed car chase in St. Louis, according to The Wall Street Journal. He was tried on assault charges for attempting to run over two police officers. He was acquitted by a jury.

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