Busch beer heir says mystified by girlfriend’s death

ST. LOUIS (BestGrowthStock) – Former Budweiser beer baron August Busch IV said he does not know what caused the December 19 death of his 27-year-old girlfriend, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Tuesday.

In the first interview since the incident, the 46-year-old former Anheuser-Busch chief executive, known as “the Fourth,” said he tried to serve the woman breakfast, found her unresponsive, then had an employee call 911.

He told the Post he “loved this girl with every ounce of my heart,” and that she had helped him cope with depression that followed the $52 billion sale of the American beer giant to InBev brewers of Belgium in 2008.

The cause of Martin’s death will not be determined until completion of toxicology tests, which could take about a month, according to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office. An initial autopsy was inconclusive and revealed no signs of trauma.

Busch told the Post the death might have had something to do with medication the woman was taking, an insomnia medication and anti-depressant called Trazodone. He ruled out the possibility of an intentional overdose.

The sale of the beer giant in 2008 earned Busch $100 million and he has been paid about $120,000 a month as a consultant. He was the fifth generation member of a family that first introduced Budwesier in 1876.

(Writing by Bruce Olson, Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Greg McCune)

Busch beer heir says mystified by girlfriend’s death