18/07/2012 02:22 BST | Updated 18/07/2012 02:23 BST

Eva Rausing Death: Tetra Pak Heir Hans Rausing Charged With Preventing Lawful Burial

The husband of dead millionairess Eva Rausing will appear in court today charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of her body.

Police discovered the mother of four's body after they arrested her husband Hans Rausing - heir to the Tetra Pak billions - on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs last Monday.

Mrs Rausing, one of Britain's richest women, was found dead in a bedroom of the opulent Cadogan Place house in London's Chelsea which she shared with her 49-year-old husband.

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Hans Kristian and Eva Rausing on their wedding day

Mr Rausing, the heir to a £5.4 billion fortune from his Swedish father's business, will appear at West London Magistrates Court today.

Police are treating the death of Mrs Rausing as "unexplained" and a post-mortem examination held last week failed to establish a formal cause of death.

An inquest into the her death opened at Westminster Coroner's Court on Friday.

There, Det Insp Sharon Marman of the Metropolitan Police said Mr Rausing was stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on July 9.

Officers found drugs in his car and when they searched the couple's home they discovered Mrs Rausing's body.

In 2008 Mrs Rausing was caught with drugs as she tried to enter the US Embassy in London.

Court documents revealed that Mrs Rausing, then 44, was carrying about 10g of crack cocaine, 2.5g of heroin and 2.35g of diethylpropion, a banned stimulant and appetite suppressant.

A further drugs stash - 220mg of diazepam, used to treat anxiety - was also found in her Renault Clio car.

The couple's townhouse was subsequently searched. Officers found 5.63g of crack cocaine, 2.9g of heroin and almost 52g of cocaine.

Paying tribute to his daughter, Mrs Rausing's father Tom Kemeny said she had interrupted her own drug treatment to help Mr Rausing.

He wrote: "At the time of her death her overriding concern was for the safety of her beloved husband, for whom she interrupted her own treatment to return to London in an attempt to take him back with her to California, but tragically to no avail."

Mr Kemeny described his daughter as "a beautiful, generous, and fun daughter, wife, mother, sister and aunt" and described Mr Rausing as his "son".

He wrote: "Eva and Hans Kristian adored each other and their four beautiful children. When not in London they would have family holidays with their cousins and extended family, without any glitz or glamour.

"Eva and Hans Kristian were a devoted and loving couple for the 21 years they spent together. They benefited thousands of lives through their personal involvement and philanthropic activities.

"They bravely battled their demons and supported each other and Eva will be a devastating loss to our beloved 'son' Hans Kristian, whom we love unconditionally with all our hearts."

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