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Tetra Pak heir describes moment of wife's death

Eva and Hans Rausing
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.

Hans Rausing 'tried to carry on as if her death had not happened'

The court heard that Rausing told police in a statement after his arrest:

I do not have a very coherent recollection of the events leading up to and since Eva's death. Safe to assure you that I have never wished her or done her any harm. I did not supply her with drugs. I have been very traumatised since her death. I do not know what caused her death. I did not feel able to confront the reality of her death.

I do not feel, with the benefit of hindsight, that following her death I acted rationally. I tried to carry on as if her death had not happened and batted away any inquiries about her... I believe, in the period since Eva died, I have suffered some form of breakdown.

– STATEMENT BY Hans Rausing

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Tributes left at Rausing home as husband remains in custody

Floral tributes have been left outside the London home of Eva Rausing following the discovery of her body on Tuesday.

ITV News understands that Eva's husband Hans Kristian Rausing, the heir to the Tetra Pak drinks carton empire, is continuing to receive medical treatment after being arrested in connection with her death.

Eva Rausing's body was discovered at her home on Tuesday.
Eva Rausing's body was discovered at her home on Tuesday. Credit: Rex

Mr Rausing was arrested after Eva's body was found at the couple's home in Cadogan Place, Chelsea.

Mr Rausing, who stands to inherit a billion-pound fortune from his father's business, was taken into custody at a south London police station but has since been moved to a "medical facility", police said.

A floral tribute has been laid outside the Chelsea home of Eva and Hans Rausing.
A floral tribute has been laid outside the Chelsea home of Eva and Hans Rausing. Credit: Press Association

Scotland Yard would not confirm the name of the suspect, but said a 49-year-old man was arrested in south London on Monday morning on suspicion of possession of drugs.

Police are treating Mr Rausing's death as "unexplained".

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Eva Rausing's family 'deeply saddened by death of beloved daughter'

Tom and Nancy Kemeny along with all of their family are deeply saddened by the death of their beloved daughter, Eva Louise Rausing. Eva was a devoted wife for twenty 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.

– Kemeny family statement

Tetra Pak heir 'receiving medical attention' after wife's death

ITV News understands that Hans Rausing, one of UK's richest men and heir to the Tetra Pak drinks carton empire, has been arrested in connection with his wife's death after her body was found at their home in London.

In a statement, the police have said:

The man - who was further arrested in connection with the death whilst at a south London police station - is no longer at a police station, but is currently receiving medical attention. We are not prepared to discuss further regarding that matter.

Officers from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating, and the death continues to be treated at this time as unexplained.

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