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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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