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Wednesday
Aug012012

Billionaire Hans Rausing Sentenced for Delaying Wife’s Burial

Alan Davidson/WireImage(LONDON) -- Hans Rausing, a billionaire heir to a food packaging fortune, was given a 10 month suspended sentence in a London court today after he pleaded guilty to living with his wife's dead body for two months.

"I do not know what caused her death. I did not feel able to confront the reality of her death," Rausing said in a statement he read in Isleworth Crown Court in West London. An initial post-mortem was inconclusive, however the BBC reported toxicology results showed drugs were in Eva Rausing's system at the time of her death.

Rausing acknowledged that in hindsight, he did not feel he acted rationally and said he was "very traumatized" by the death of his American wife, Eva Rausing.

A judge ordered Rausing to undergo intensive drug rehabilitation in order to avoid jail time. He also received a two-month suspended sentence for driving under the influence, stemming from the July 9 incident that prompted police to stop Rausing and ultimately discover his wife's body.

The decomposing body of Eva Rausing was found at the couple's Belgravia home by authorities on July 9. The body of the American heiress, who like her husband had long battled an addiction to drugs, was found wrapped in trash bags that were sealed with tape.

Together, Hans and Eva Rausing were well-known as a billionaire power couple who donated generously to addiction-related charities but also secretly battled the same demons that brought them together 25 years ago in an American rehab clinic, where they first met.

The couple have four children.

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Wednesday
Jul182012

Body of Billionaire Heiress Was Wrapped in Trash Bags

Alan Davidson/WireImage(LONDON) -- The body of an American heiress was found wrapped in trash bags and sealed with tape, a London court hearing for the woman's husband, Hans Kristian Rausing, revealed today. Rausing, 49, who has been charged with preventing his wife's burial, was granted conditional bail and ordered to appear at Isleworth Crown Court July 26.

Eva Rausing, 48, may have been dead for at least a week when police found her body in her London home July 9, according to the BBC.

A cause of death has yet to be established for Eva Rausing, who was said to be "in an advanced state of decomposition," according to a statement given by prosecutor Brinkman May to the court today.

Authorities said they were waiting on toxicology results to shed more light on Eva Rausing's "unexplained death" and said there were no signs that would point to homicide.

Hans Kristian Rausing, a Swedish-born billionaire heir to the Tetra Pak food-packaging fortune, was arrested for driving erratically on July 9. Upon searching his car, police found drugs, which prompted them to search the home he shared with his wife in London's Belgravia neighborhood, according to a Metropolitan Police spokesperson.

During the traffic stop, authorities found a crack pipe in Rausing's car and letters addressed to his wife, May said in court today, as reported by the London Evening Standard.

"When officers asked who this person was," referring to the addressee of the letters, "his demeanor changed, and he appeared to well up," May told the court.

Rausing was rearrested later that day in connection with his wife's death. He was placed in treatment for alcohol withdrawal and could not be immediately questioned by police in the week following the discovery of his wife's body, authorities said.

Together, Hans and Eva Rausing were well-known as a billionaire power couple who donated generously to addiction-related charities but also secretly battled the same demons that brought them together 25 years ago in an American rehab clinic, where they first met.

Eva Rausing served as a co-patron, along with the Duchess of Cambridge, on the drug charity Action on Addiction. She was also a patron of the Mentor U.K. charity, a group that works to keep children away from alcohol and drugs. The couple counted Prince Charles as a friend.

The couple has four children together.

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Friday
Jul132012

Eva Rausing's Death: Heiress's Husband Not Fit for Police Questioning

Alan Davidson/WireImage(LONDON) -- Hans Rausing, the billionaire heir who was arrested in connection with his American wife's death, is receiving treatment for drug and alcohol withdrawal, and has yet to be questioned by police, according to today's inquest into her death.

The death of his wife, Eva Rausing, 48, whose body was found in the couple's London home, is still being investigated as an "unexplained death," even though Rausing has been arrested on suspicion of his wife's murder, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson told ABC News. No charges have been filed.

On Monday, Hans Kristian Rausing was arrested for driving erratically. Upon searching his car, police found drugs, which prompted them to search the home he shared with his wife in the London's Belgravia neighborhood, according to a police spokesperson.

Officers found the lifeless body of Eva Rausing in an upstairs bedroom at their home. The heiress, who was a friend of Prince Charles, may have been dead for more than a week, according to reports.

A postmortem held Tuesday at Westminster Mortuary was inconclusive. Authorities said they were waiting on toxicology results to determine if the heiress, who had a history of drug addiction, had died of an overdose.

Hans Rausing, who is Swedish, is an heir to the Tetra Pak food packaging empire. His father, Hans Rausing Sr., has an estimated net worth of $10 billion, according to Forbes' 2010 rankings.

Eva Rausing was the daughter of Tom Kemeny, a former Pepsi executive.

Together, Hans and Eva Rausing were well-known as a billionaire power couple who donated generously to addiction-related charities but also secretly battled the same demons that brought them together 25 years ago in an American rehab clinic, where they first met.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jul112012

Heiress’ Husband May Have Lived With Her Dead Body for a Week

Alan Davidson/WireImage(LONDON) -- The husband of an American heiress, who was found dead at her London mansion, may have been living with her body for more than a week, according to reports.

Police are pouring through footage from surveillance cameras to establish who came and went from the London home where Eva Rausing, 48, was found dead on Monday and have questioned the couple's staff members, the London Evening Standard reported.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department declined to discuss Rausing's death, saying authorities were awaiting toxicology results in the "unexplained" death of the 48-year-old heiress, who was a philanthropist and friend of Prince Charles.

A post-mortem held Tuesday at Westminster Mortuary did not establish a formal cause of death, police said.

On Monday, Rausing's husband, Hans Kristian Rausing, was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs, prompting police to search the Belgravia home he shared with his wife, a police spokesperson said.

Metropolitan police did not name Hans Kristian Rausing, however they confirmed a 49-year-old man had been taken into custody regarding a woman's death and possession of drugs.

Rausing was held at a south London police station, but is now receiving medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment. Police declined to further discuss the situation.

Hans Kristian Rausing, who is Swedish, is an heir to the Tetra Pak food packaging empire. His father, Hans Rausing Sr., has an estimated net worth of $10 billion, according to Forbes' 2010 rankings.

Eva Rausing was the daughter of Tom Kemeny, a former Pepsi executive.

The couple, who reportedly met at an American rehab center 25 years ago, were well known supporters of addiction-related charities, but continued to battle secret demons of their own.

Eva Rausing served as a co-patron, along with the Duchess of Cambridge, on the drug charity Action on Addiction. She was also a patron of the Mentor UK charity, a group that seeks to keep children away from alcohol and drugs.

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