The Straits Times
Published on Dec 14, 2012

Tetra Pak scion's wife died from cocaine abuse: Inquest


LONDON (AFP) - One of Britain's richest women, whose corpse was found rotting under a pile of bedding, died as a result of drug abuse, a coroner ruled at an inquest on Friday.

Eva Rausing, 48, was married to Hans Kristian Rausing, heir to the billions his Swedish father made selling his stake in food packaging giant Tetra Pak.

Her body was found on July 9, foil pipe in hand, in a taped-up, fly-filled room in their plush, five-storey west London home, the city's Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

A post-mortem examination found the American philanthropist died in early May and had drugs in her system.