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Eva Rausing Died Of Drugs Dependency
Multimillionairess Eva Rausing died as a result of dependent drug abuse, an inquest has ruled.
The 48-year-old's body lay undiscovered for two months before she was found at the £5m west London home she shared with her husband Hans, heir to the Tetra Pak fortune.
She was found in a fly-filled room hidden under a pile of bedding with a foil pipe in her hand, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.
Police found the mother-of-four's body in an advanced state of decomposition after they had arrested Hans Rausing on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on July 9.
He was given two suspended sentences in August after admitting preventing the lawful and decent burial of his wife's body.
A post-mortem found his wife had died on May 7 and had drugs in her system. Toxicology reports showed cocaine, opiates and amphetamines in her blood.
She had been fitted with a pacemaker following heart surgery in August 2006, which revealed she had suffered a "non-survivable" heart rhythm on the morning of May 7.
Deputy coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said Mrs Rausing died as a result of cocaine intoxication contributed to by a heart condition - tricuspid valve disease.
Delivering her verdict, she said: "Mrs Rausing's death was as a result of the dependent abuse of drugs."
The inquest heard that her pacemaker recorded heartbeats up to 384 beats per minute on the calculated day of her death. The normal rate is 65.
Pathologists found no signs of violence on Mrs Rausing's body.
In a statement read to the inquest, Mr Rausing said he had been left devastated by the death of his "beloved wife".
He explained how he discovered Mrs Rausing after hearing her slide off the bed while he was in the bathroom.
"She landed sideways and her head was resting on a pillow," Mr Rausing said. "I tried to pull her up. I shouted 'Eva, Eva, Eva'."
Mr Rausing said he could see his wife's eyes dim before covering her lifeless body with duvets and bedding.
"I could not cope with her dying or confront the reality of her death," he added.
An investigating officer told the court how Hans Rausing lied to his housekeepers after his wife died, saying she was in the US.
The couple lived a reclusive life on the second floor of their home. Housemaids were not allowed into certain areas. The hearing was told that staff noticed Hans Rausing had stopped sleeping in his bedroom and had started eating downstairs.
The couple had fought a public battle against addiction to drugs.
In 2008 police launched an investigation after Mrs Rausing was caught with drugs as she tried to enter the US Embassy in London for a function.
Subsequent searches of her car and the couple's Georgian townhouse uncovered huge quantities of class A drugs.
They faced drug charges but were given conditional cautions instead, meaning the hearings did not go ahead.
Hans Rausing's parents and siblings said then they were supporting the pair as they fought to overcome drug addiction.
what do you think?
A millionairess and no one to help her what chance for the poor addict ,shame R.I.P.
An example that money does not buy happiness.
WHERE DO THESE RICH PEOPLE GET THERE DRUGS..they dont get them on the street.no somebody goes and buy them for them .and this is what pop stars and football players do...
I can not get my head around the fact that a lot of millionaires resort to drugs. Why???? Surely there are plenty of other things to spend their money on. As for that stupid expression "Money Doesn't Buy You Happiness" (Valerie), give me a fortune and let me be the judge of that!!!!
Money certainly does not buy you happiness . You can't buy love, good health or happiness My nan didn't have anything, she owned nothing and had the penny's in her purse when she died but on the day of her funeral , people lined the streets and the church was so busy, people stood outside , they come for miles to pay their respects to my nan and cried as the cars pulled away and although she owned nothing - she was the richest person on this earth , she had hundreds of friends and everyone loved her for the person she was .