Young Woman’s Death at August Busch Estate Could Have Been Result of Heart Condition

December 26, 2010

(ChattahBox US News) – Adrienne Martin, a divorced former Hooters waitress, was found dead earlier this week at the home of  Budweiser beer heir August Busch IV.   The aspiring model who was just 27-years-old was already dead when police and paramedics arrived at the gated home of former Anheuser-Busch CEO  in a wealthy St. Louis suburb on Dec. 19.  Officials said there were no signs of trauma or illness. It is not clear whether August Busch was in the house in Huntleigh, Mo., at the time.  According to friends, Busch and Martin had been dating for about a year, reports the Daily Telegraph.  Martin had an eight-year-old son with her husband while Mr Busch divorced his wife last year.

A full autopsy report could take up to six weeks, but a source told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the death was being initially investigated as an overdose.  But her ex-husband, Dr. Kevin J. Martin, 45, said in an interview with the St. Louis Post Dispatch on Friday that she had a heart condition called Long QT syndrome, a rare inborn heart condition that can cause palpitations, fainting and sudden death.  August Busch, 46,  is the last in a long line of family members to run the Anheuser-Busch empire before the company’s $52 billion takeover in 2008 by InBev, a Belgian firm.  Busch, who had lived life in the fast lane has been linked to the death of a young woman before.  Busch claimed to have suffered amnesia when he was found at home in 1983, after a woman was thrown to her death when the sports car he was driving crashed. Following a lengthy police investigation, no charges were brought.


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