Brewing heir Busch sued over death of his girlfriend

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 31, 2011 6:05 PM
Brewing heir Busch sued over death of his girlfriend

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A lawsuit on Thursday charged former Budweiser beer executive August Busch IV with negligence in the fatal drug overdose of his girlfriend in December, the lawyer for the woman's family said.

In a court filing responding to the suit, Busch acknowledged Adrienne Martin, 27, was his house guest but denied any negligence.

Busch, 46, did not cooperate in the investigation of Martin's death from a mixture of cocaine and the painkiller oxycodone. Neither had a prescription for the painkiller.

The Medical Examiner concluded Martin died from an accidental overdose and St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch declined to charge anyone, saying she had voluntarily taken the drugs.

Martin's son Blake Martin, 8, and Blake's father Kevin Martin, filed the suit charging Busch with "carelessness and negligence" in her death. The suit was filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court and was moved to Cape Girardeau County, where the younger Martin lives.

Anheuser-Busch InBev announced this week Busch will step down as a director of the world's largest brewer at its annual shareholders meeting next month, citing personal and health reasons, marking the end of his family's direct involvement in the brewer.

(Writing by Andrew Stern; Editing by Greg McCune)