Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Billionaire 'Livedwith Wife's Body for a Week'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Billionaire 'Livedwith Wife's Body for a Week'

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

ONE of Britain's richest men may have lived with the body of his wife in their [pounds sterling]50 million Belgravia home for more than a week, the Evening Standard was told today.

Detectives were waiting to question Hans Rausing, 49, an heir to the [pounds sterling]4.5 billion Tetra Pak drinks carton fortune, after he was admitted to a secure hospital for treatment last night.

The body of Eva Rausing, 48, a friend of Prince Charles, was found when police went to search the couple's Belgravia house after his arrest on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs on Monday.

She was found in an upstairs bedroom and is believed to have died of a drug overdose. Both husband and wife were long-term drug users and were said to live in "a twilight world of addiction".

Detectives are treating the death as "unexplained". A post-mortem failed to establish a formal cause of death and police are waiting for the results of toxicology tests.

Police are examining CCTV at the six storey house in Cadogan Place to establish the comings and goings but it is understood Mrs Rausing had been dead for at least a week. Her husband, Continued on Page 5

Continued from Page 1 who stands to inherit a billion-pound fortune from his father, was arrested in south London on Monday after he was stopped for driving erratically.

Scotland Yard said he remained under arrest but had been transferred to a hospital for treatment.

His condition is not thought to be life threatening and it is believed he is being treated in the Maudsley Hospital for drug-related issues.

Mr Rausing is thought to have been living at the address in Cadogan Place at the time his wife's body was found. He may now be questioned in connection with concealing her body.

Mrs Rausing, a mother of four, is from a wealthy South Carolina family. In 2008 she was arrested after trying to smuggle crack cocaine, heroin and a banned stimulant and appetite suppressant into a party at the US Embassy in London.

More drugs were found in her Renault Clio and their Cadogan Place home but prosecutors dropped charges in favour of conditional cautions. …

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