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Cocaine killed Swedish beer dynasty heir: father

The Local/pvs · 8 Feb 2011, 14:01

Published: 08 Feb 2011 14:01 GMT+01:00

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"His heart could not take any more," Ulf Spendrup wrote in a letter to the company's employees, according to the Expressen daily.

Jon Spendrup died in New York City on January 30th after being rushed to hospital. The millionaire brewing heir was 34 years old.

Ulf Spendrup put the cause of his son's death to his abuse of cocaine, the newspaper reported.

Although Jon Spendrup was elected to the board of the family brewing concern in 2003, he had built his career in the US.

"Jon was loved by many as a son, husband, father, brother and cousin. The worst that could happen has now happened," Ulf Spendrup said when commenting on his son's death.

Spendrup died in a hospital in New York and the cause of death has been confirmed by the city coroner, according to the New York Post.

Together with two colleagues, he started the ad agency MD70 in the city three years ago and is reported to have enjoyed some success.

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Jon Spendrup, who leaves behind two young children, was one of nine in the younger generation of the Spendrup family and was known as a close friend of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, who attended his wedding in May 2005.

Spendrup was buried in the Swedish Church in New York City last Tuesday.

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Your comments about this article

17:03 February 8, 2011 by Swedesmith
"Cocaine's for horses not for men, doctors says it'll kill you but he won't say when"....Cocaine Blues
17:52 February 8, 2011 by Beavis
Probably died from drinking his own beer..
18:36 February 8, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Once again money and privilege bring happiness.
19:15 February 8, 2011 by Swedesmith
Lucky for me, I'm broke. I can't even afford to pay attention.
20:09 February 8, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
Pot is a lot cheaper, and non-adictive... Well at least for some.

It's very calming, not as invasive as drinking. However, I wouldn't recommend opperating heavy equipment.

I can hardly wait to visit Amsterdam : )
20:57 February 8, 2011 by Ivan Juric
Pot causes pshchosis.......and can induce schizophrenia....you are very clever Juan...rolls eyes...
21:14 February 8, 2011 by Swedesmith
Pot causes the munchies. Hence the term potbelly.
23:42 February 8, 2011 by GLO
Sorry for family, not him.
23:44 February 8, 2011 by Puge Henis
Are we supposed to feel sorry for this dude who snorted something in one sitting that costs more than probably what a decent/average job pays in a month?

I hope more rich idiots snort coke, it would weed out the (rich) idiots in society.
06:00 February 9, 2011 by UScitizen
For those who think weed is safer, according to the latest study smoking pot has been linked to mental illness... not that marijuana causes psychosis. Rather, marijuana triggers mental illness if the individual already has a predisposition to that illness.

06:39 February 9, 2011 by philster61
Funny how alcohol causes more problems than marijuana ever did.
09:50 February 9, 2011 by NoVaseline
legalize it!
09:53 February 9, 2011 by ooh456
@Ivan Juric if you really believe that pot causes psychosis you are a dummy. You shouldn't believe everything corporate America tells you. Read a book not written by Rush Limbaugh for chrissakes.
20:35 February 9, 2011 by mkvgtired
I dont understand why this is a conversation about pot. The article has nothing to do with pot.

It is sad that this happened, but it was up to him to seek help for his addiction, especially because he had two young kids. It will be very sad when they are older and their family has to tell them that the reason their dad is not here is because he liked having fun more than he cared about them.
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