Tetra Pak heir arrested after wife's death

Jul 12, 2012, 07:51 IST | Agencies

Investigators were conducting further tests on Wednesday in a bid to shed light on the death of Eva Rausing, one of Britain's richest women, whose body was found in her west London home.

Her husband Hans Kristian Rausing, has been arrested in connection with her death, which police are treating as unexplained. US-born Eva Rausing (48), and her husband were wealthy philanthropists who have both waged a long battle against drug addiction. They were arrested on drug charges in 2008 after Eva Rausing was caught trying to smuggle crack cocaine and heroin into the US Embassy in London in her handbag. Hans Kristian Rausing, is an heir to the TetraPak fortune his father built as a globally successful manufacturer of laminated cardboard drink containers.

Search continues: Police outside the home the home of Eva Rausing in London where she was found dead under suspicious circumstances. Pic/Getty Images

Police found Eva Rausing dead at her multimillion-pound London home on Monday. Initial post-mortem examinations on Tuesday failed to establish a formal cause of her death. The Metropolitan Police said officers arrested a 49-year-old man Monday in connection with the case.

Eva Rausing’s parents, Tom and Nancy Kemeny, and the rest of her family paid tribute to a “devoted wife” and mother of four “much loved and wonderful children,” saying they were devastated over her death. “During her short lifetime she made a huge philanthropic impact, supporting a large number of charitable causes, not only financially, but using her own personal experiences,” the family said in a statement. “She bravely fought her health issues for many years.” 

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