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Former beer CEO offers settlement for wrongful death suit

The former head executive for Anheuser-Busch brewing has offered more than $1 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit involving the death of his former 27-year-old girlfriend. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed on the behalf of the 8-year-old son of the 27-year-old woman. According to the autopsy the woman died of a fatal overdose and prosecutors ruled the death accidental. Since the death was found to be accidental, prosecutors have not pursued criminal charges.

August Busch IV, who once headed his family's Budweiser beer empire, has offered $1.5 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit involving his former girlfriend. The 27-year-old woman died from a drug overdose at the former executive's mansion at the end of last year. According to an autopsy the woman died from a fatal overdose of the painkiller oxycodone on December 19. In addition to the painkiller, the autopsy showed the woman had a deadly dose of cocaine in her system.

Members of the 27-year-old woman's family including her former husband filed a wrongful death suit on the behalf of the woman's 8-year-old son. The suit was filed after prosecutors decided not to pursue criminal charges. The wrongful death suit claims Busch was negligent. According to Busch's attorney the settlement offer was made to ensure the 8-year-old boy would be taken care of but the settlement would not admit any wrongdoing. A hearing is scheduled on May 10 to determine whether the settlement is in the best interest of the child.

Busch who is 46 years old was the last member of the Busch family to run Anheuser-Busch before the company was sold to InBev, a Belgian brewer, in 2008. Busch gained around $100 million from the sale of the company.

Source: Reuters, "Former beer mogul offers $1.5 million in girlfriend's death," Bruce Olsen, 4/20/11

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