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  • 11 July 2012, 0:13

Tetra Pak Heir's Wife Found Dead: Man Held

One of Britain's richest women, Eva Rausing, has been found dead at her London home.

A 49-year-old man, reportedly her husband Hans, has been arrested in connection with her death.

He has been moved from a police station to a "medical facility".

The body of American-born Mrs Rausing (nee Kemeny), 48, was found at her home in Cadogan Place, Belgravia.

Her 49-year-old husband Hans Kristian Rausing is the heir to the 5.4bn Tetra Pak drinks carton empire.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Yesterday (Monday) a 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs.

"Following a subsequent search of an address in Cadogan Place in SW1 a body was found.

"The death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination began at 1pm at Westminster mortuary.

"We believe we know the identity of the deceased but we are awaiting confirmation.

"The 49-year-old man was further arrested in connection with the death and is in custody."

Mrs Rausing's family have issued a statement saying they are "deeply saddened by the death of their beloved daughter".

Her parents Tom and Nancy Kemeny said: "Eva was a devoted wife for 20 years and mother of four much-loved and wonderful children.

"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.

"She bravely fought her health issues for many years. The family is devastated at her death and asks to be given privacy at this difficult time."

Her husband Hans' family said: "Hans and Marit Rausing and their family are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of their daughter-in-law Eva Louise Rausing. They ask that their privacy be respected at this sad time."

In 2008 the couple were in trouble with the police over drugs but the prosecution was formally discontinued.

Mr Rausing, then 45, was charged with drugs offences after police found crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin during a search of his home.

After lengthy discussions between his legal team and prosecutors, he accepted a conditional police caution instead.

Neither Mr Rausing nor his wife Eva, who also faced drugs charges, was present at City of Westminster Magistrates Court that August to hear that the prosecution had ended.

The couple had been arrested in April 2008 after Mrs Rausing was caught with drugs as she tried to enter the US Embassy in London.

Court documents revealed Mrs Rausing, then 44, was carrying about 10g of crack cocaine, 2.5g of heroin and 2.35g of diethylpropion, a banned stimulant and appetite suppressant.

A further drugs stash, 220mg of diazepam, used to treat anxiety, was also found in her Renault Clio car.

The couple's 5m Georgian five-storey town house in Cadogan Place was subsequently searched.

Officers found 5.63g of crack cocaine, 2.9g of heroin and almost 52g of cocaine.

The conditional cautions, administered by a senior local officer, meant the couple admitted possessing the drugs.

Mr Rausing's parents and siblings said at the time they were supporting the couple as they fought to overcome drug addiction.