Eva Rausing, wife of TetraPak heir Hans Kristian Rausing, was found dead in the couple’s west London home on Tuesday. British police also report that a man has been arrested in connection with the case.
The Washington Post reports that an autopsy had failed to uncover a formal cause of death in the case. The TetraPak fortune was built by Hans Kristian’s father, whose company manufactures laminated cardboard drink containers.
Rausing and her husband have been the subject of a long-running battle with addiction, and Tuesday was no exception, as Rausing’s husband, 49, was reportedly detained both for questioning in his wife’s death, as well as suspicion of drug possession.
The Huffington Post reports that a statement released by the Rausing family on Tuesday read:
“Hans and Märit 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.”
Eva’s family released a statement about her death as well, saying:
“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.”
Scotland Yard stated Tuesday that further tests will be carried out on Rausing’s body to find a cause of death. Also, they noted that officers from the Homicide and Serious Crime dicision were investigating Eva Rausing’s death, “and the death continues to be treated at this time as unexplained.”