Adrienne Nicole Martin, a 27-year-old model was found dead Sunday (Dec. 20) at the St. Louis home of her boyfriend and former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV, 46.
According to a statement by Busch’s attorney, Art Margulies, “there is absolutely nothing suspicious about [Martin’s] passing.” Nothing other than 27-year-olds don’t usually suddenly die. Authorities say that there are no signs of trauma or illness. An autopsy will be performed with results expected in four to six weeks.
In 1983, Busch was involved in a car accident that killed another young woman, Michele Frederick. Police said Busch lost control of his car while taking a sharp turn at excessive speeds and his passenger was killed when she was thrown from the vehicle. Making matters worse, Busch fled the scene and did not notify the police of the accident. Manslaughter charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence.
Busch is the great-great-grandson of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch, the heir to the family fortune and during his time as the head of the company’s marketing department made his mark by being an early champion of the wildly successful Budweiser frogs campaign.