Friday 20 April 2018

Tetra Pak heirs had been due to enter US drug rehab clinic

Nick Allen in South Carolina

AN heiress found dead in her £70m (€88m) home in London had been due to enter a rehabilitation clinic in California with her husband just weeks before, her mother said yesterday.

Nancy Kemeny said the family had maintained "high hopes" that Eva Rausing and her husband, Hans Kristian Rausing, one of Britain's richest men, would recover after their long battle with drug addiction.

She was confident her son-in-law had been "cleared" of any involvement in her daughter's death, and said she believed Eva had died of a heart condition.

At her home in South Carolina, she said her daughter had recently visited the US, but returned to London to collect her husband because she was worried about him. Mrs Kemeny said: "They were going to go to America. She was there and she didn't hear from him. She got worried so she came back home to get him to go back with her."

The family last heard from Mrs Rausing on May 3, when she sent a text to her father.

Police found the body of Mrs Rausing at the couple's home in Chelsea earlier this week, several hours after they had stopped her husband for driving "erratically". He was later arrested in connection with his wife's death but questioning was halted on Tuesday when he had to be taken to hospital.

Detectives suspect that Mr Rausing, an heir to the Tetra Pak fortune, had lived with his wife's body for up to a week while he went on a drugs binge. She appeared to have suffered an overdose, but pathologists have been unable to find an immediate cause of death and have ordered further tests. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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