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Tetra Pak heir describes moment of wife's death

Hans Rausing said he had been left "devastated" by his wife Eva's drugs death. Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire

Tetra Pak billionaire Hans Rausing has told of the moment his wife Eva died in front of him at their west London mansion.

In a statement read to the inquest today, Mr Rausing said he heard 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.

Mrs Rausing died as a result of cocaine intoxication, worsened by a heart condition known as tricuspid valve disease. Toxicology reports showed cocaine, opiates and amphetamines in her blood.

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Eva Rausing killed by drug dependency, coroner rules

The body of Eva Rausing was found at the couple's five-storey home in Chelsea. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Eva Rausing, the wife of multi-millionaire Hans Kristian Rausing, died as a result of the dependant abuse of drugs, a coroner ruled today.

The 48-year-old's body was found in an advanced state of decomposition in July at the couple's west London home. She had died in May.

Mr Rausing, the heir to the Tetra Pak fortune, was given two suspended sentences in August after admitting that he prevented the lawful and decent burial of his wife's body.


Inquest resumes into death of Eva Rausing

Eva Rausing was found dead in July Credit: Alan Davidson/Press Association Images

An inquest is set to resume today into the death of multi-millionairess Eva Rausing.

The 48-year-old was found dead in July at the five-storey Chelsea home she shared with her husband Hans, heir to the Tetra Pak fortune and one of Britain's richest men.

Police discovered the mother-of-four's body in an advanced state of decomposition after they arrested her husband on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on July 9.

One of Britain's richest men avoids jail

Hans Rausing has been given two suspended sentences Credit: London Media Press Ltd

Hans Rausing, one of Britain's richest men, avoided a jail sentence today after he admitted preventing the lawful and decent burial of his wife Eva's body.

Rausing, who also admitted driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs, was given two suspended sentences for the offences.

Hans and Eva Rausing Credit: Alan Davidson/WireImage

Judge Richard McGregor-Johnson told him his behaviour was "an illustration of the utterly destructive effects of drug misuse".

Police discovered the body of mother-of-four Mrs Rausing after they arrested her husband on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on July 9.

A post-mortem examination established that she died on May 7 and had drugs in her system, including cocaine, Isleworth Crown Court, in west London, heard.

Her decomposing body was found in a fly-filled room in their luxury London home hidden under a pile of clothing and bin bags.


Police confirm identity of woman found dead in Chelsea

Police have confirmed that a woman found dead at a property in Cadogan Place in Chelsea is Eva Rausing - one of the richest women in Britain. A man arrested by police in connection with their investigation has been taken to a 'medical facility'. For more on this story click here.

"A post mortem today at Westminster Mortuary did not establish a formal cause of death and we await the results of further tests.The man is no longer at a police station, but is currently receiving medical attention.

"Officers from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating, and the death continues to be treated at this time as unexplained. The man is at a "medical facility.".

– Scotland Yard spokesperson