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UK heir arrested after wife found dead

UK heir arrested after wife found dead

Wed July 11, 2012 10:18am

ONE of Britain's richest men has been arrested over the death of his wife after she was found dead in their ritzy London home.

Eva Rausing was found dead in her west London home and a man has been arrested in connection with her death, British police said.

Rausing, 48, was the American-born wife of Hans Kristian Rausing, heir to the multibillion-dollar TetraPak packaging fortune.

Initially British police would only say they had arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of drug possession and a subsequent search of an address in London related to that drug arrest turned up the body, police said.

The man was widely named in the British media as Hans Kristian Rausing, 49, but police only confirmed his identity once charges were laid. 

Scotland Yard confirmed in a statement that the body was Eva Rausing's and said further tests were being carried out after an autopsy failed to establish a formal cause of death. It said officers from the Homicide and Serious Crime division were investigating "and the death continues to be treated at this time as unexplained."

Hans Rausing was no longer at a police station but receiving medical attention, police added. They would not say if he was under guard.

The couple had a long-running and often public addiction battle.

Eva Rausing was arrested outside the U.S. Embassy in London in 2008 for reportedly trying to bring crack cocaine and heroin into building in her handbag. Police later found small amounts of cocaine, crack and heroin in a search of couple's $10 million London town house.

The pair were charged with drug possession but prosecutors later agreed to drop the charges.

At the time, the Rausing family issued a statement saying relatives were "deeply saddened" by the couple's drug problems and hoped they could overcome their addiction.

Hans Rausing's Swedish father helped transform TetraPak into a hugely successful manufacturer of laminated cardboard drink containers. The senior Rausing's fortune is estimated at $6.7 billion by the Sunday Times Rich List.

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