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Rausing gives statement to wife's inquest

Dec. 15, 2012 at 1:58 AM

LONDON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Hans Rausing told a London inquest in a written statement Friday he hid his wife's body because he "couldn't cope with her dying."

A coroner concluded Eva Rausing, 48, died of drug abuse in April, The Daily Telegraph reported. Her body was found in the couple's luxurious home in Chelsea after her husband was arrested for erratic driving two months later.

Rausing, 49, a member of the Swedish family that founded the Tetra-Pak food conglomerate, did not attend the hearing in Westminster Coroner's Court, where he was represented by a lawyer. He reportedly suffers from health problems.

In his statement, Rausing said he was in the bathroom when he heard his wife falling from their bed.

"I went to her and grabbed her hands and tried to pull her up. I remember shouting 'Eva, Eva, Eva.' I turned her toward me and I saw that her eyes had dimmed. She stopped breathing before I reached her. I knew she was dead, I was absolutely certain she was dead," he said. "I sat with her for a period of time then covered her up with a blanket and duvet. I could not look at her, I could not cope with her dying and do not feel able to cope with the reality of her death. With the benefit of hindsight I think I did not act rationally."

Eva Rausing and her husband met at a rehabilitation center in the United States. The couple reportedly made several attempts to kick their drug addiction.

Witnesses said cocaine and other drugs were found in Eva Rausing's body.

"Mrs. Rausing's death was as a result of the dependent abuse of drugs," Dr. Shirley Radcliffe, the deputy coroner, said.

Rausing pleaded guilty to preventing his wife's lawful burial and was given a suspended sentence.

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