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Tetra Pak heir held after wife found dead

British police on Tuesday arrested a 49-year-old man, reported to be the heir to the Tetra Pak packaging fortune, after his wife was found dead at their luxury London home.

Officers identified the woman as 48-year-old Eva Kemeny and said her body was found after police conducted a search of the five-storey house she shared with her husband at Cadogan Place in the wealthy London borough of Chelsea following the man’s arrest.

Metropolitan Police detained the man at a south London police station on suspicion of possession of drugs and also in connection with the death.

Officers from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command were investigating, and the death was being treated as unexplained, police said in a statement.

The man, reported to be Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing, later left the station in order to receive medical attention, according to the statement.

Eva’s family said they were “deeply saddened by the death of their beloved daughter,” in a statement issued Tuesday.

“Eva was a devoted wife for 20 years and mother of four much-loved and wonderful children,” it continued.

“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 is the daughter of a wealthy Pepsi Cola executive whose family live on an exclusive island off the South Carolina coast.

Rausing and his wife, who met in a US addiction clinic, spent much of their time in Barbados, where they owned an 11-bedroom mansion.

The Rausing family also released a statement, saying they were “deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of their daughter-in-law.”

Mr Rausing’s cousin, Kirsten, said the news was “very, very tragic”.

“Drugs are evil,” the Daily Telgraph quoted her as saying. “They have been a problem for Hans and his wife for many years, but I am certain Hans Kristian had nothing to do with her death.”

The family, headed by Rausing’s father Hans, is worth 4.3 billion pounds, according to this year’s Sunday Times Rich List.

Owner Hans, 86, moved to England in 1980 in order to avoid Sweden’s high tax rates and lives with his wife Marit on a vast estate in East Sussex, south England.

Hans Rausing and wife Eva were charged in 2008 after she tried to take crack cocaine and heroin into the US embassy in London.

Police later searched the couple’s house where they found crack cocaine, heroin and cocaine.

Although they were initially charged with drugs offences, prosecutors subsequently decided to drop the charges and instead give them a conditional police caution. This means they admitted possessing the drugs.

Charity Action on Addiction, which the Rausings supported, said it was “devastated to hear” of her death.

“Without any desire for public recognition, Eva has, through her wonderfully generous support of this and other charities helped so many people for over 20 years. We offer our deepest sympathy to Eva’s family at this time of great loss,” said a spokesman.

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Tetra Pak billionaire Hans Rausing dead at 93

Swedish businessman Hans Rausing, credited with turning food packaging company Tetra Pak into a global giant, has died in England aged 93, his family said.

Tetra Pak billionaire Hans Rausing dead at 93
Hans Rausing inherited Tetra Pak from his father Ruben Rausing. Photo: Peter Lyden
“Hans Rausing had exceptional drive, and right to the end a commitment to entrepreneurship in Sweden and around the world,” they wrote in a statement. He died on Friday.
   
His father, Ruben Rausing, co-founded a company in southern Sweden that was an early innovator in food packaging, seeking to move away from bulk sales of foods such as flour and sugar to consumers.
   
Ruben Rausing developed the first cardboard container in the shape of a tetrahedron — a shape made of four triangular sides, also known as a triangular pyramid. It is the shape that gave the company its name.
   
The new packaging was most notably used to sell milk, replacing glass bottles in a pre-plastic revolution for beverage packaging.
   
Born in 1926, Hans Rausing was appointed managing director of Tetra Pak International in 1954, and with his brother Gad led the company for four decades. 
   
He retired as president in 1993, having grown the company from seven employees to 36,000 and giving it a global presence.
   
Under the brothers' leadership, Tetra Pak continued to develop new packaging, creating sterile materials and new shapes, and designed machines for the ultra-high-temperature (UHT) pasteurisation of milk.
   
In 1991, Tetra Pak acquired Alfa Laval, a leading supplier of equipment for the agricultural industry, and the group became known as Tetra Laval. 
 
Rausing, who left Sweden for the United Kingdom in the 1980s for tax reasons, is estimated to have amassed a fortune of some $12 billion (11 billion euros), according to Forbes magazine.
 
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Tragedy struck the family in 2012, when the businessman's daughter-in-law Eva died from a drug overdose aged 48. 
   
Her rotting corpse was found more than two months after her death under a pile of bedding in a room in the London home she shared with Rausing's son, Hans Kristian.  
   
He pleaded guilty to preventing the lawful and decent burial of his wife, and received a 10-month sentence, suspended for two years.
 
He said he could not deal with her death. The couple had met at a drug addiction clinic.
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