International death mystery has Lowcountry ties | News
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC)- Eva Rausing, one of the world's richest women, is dead and her billionaire husband is under arrest.
The billionairess' body was discovered inside her $100 million London mansion after London authorities arrested Hans Kristian Rausing, Eva's husband, who's the son of one of the world's wealthiest men, on drug charges. According to reports, Eva's body may have been in her bedroom for a week before police discovered it. Hans Kristian, 49, is expected to spend the next few days in the hospital for an undisclosed condition.
The Rausings, who have four children, were photographed just weeks ago looking disheveled. They met at a drug rehab center in the early 1990s, and in 2008, were arrested after security guards at the US Embassy in London found heroin and crack cocaine inside Mrs. Rausing's purse.
For now, the cause of death is officially unexplained. Police are waiting for the results of toxicology tests.
Rausing's husband is the heir to his father's $6 billion food packaging fortune. His grandfather is credited with inventing milk cartons.
Mrs. Rausing was the daughter of a former Pepsi executive, Tom Kemeny, who neighbors confirm owns a home in the Sea Pines Community on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Hanging on the door of the Hilton Head Island home are a couple of notices from a landscaping company dating back to June 29. A neighbor says the Kemenys haven't been seen at the Sea Pines home in some time. That same neighbor says the couple owns several homes around the world, including one in London.
The Rausings were known to have donated millions of dollars to charities that help drug addicts.
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