Former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV is speaking out for the first time since his girlfriend was found dead in his mansion. Busch said he is on the brink of falling into a deep depression.
Adrienne Martin, 27, was found dead at the estate in St. Louis in December.
"I went to serve her breakfast in bed, and I couldn't wake her up," Busch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
An initial autopsy proved inconclusive. Martin's former husband said she suffered from a heart condition.
Busch said he "loved this girl with every ounce of my heart. It's the saddest thing I've ever dealt with."
The 46-year-old Busch denied knowledge of an unaccounted 42-minute time gap between when Martin was found and when emergency services were called.
"Whatever time it was, I stayed there with her, and he [house employee, Michael Jung] immediately called 911. It was 30 seconds. We were panicky. To me, she felt kind of warm."
Busch said it is possible that Martin was taking sleep medication, but ruled out a deliberate overdose.
"No way. She was so excited. Things were going good," he said. "She had a new job starting in January, and she was getting a new apartment."
Busch said Martin's death has deepened the depression from which he has been suffering since 2008, when his beer company was sold.
"I would have given up my life to save the company but I couldn't do anything."
Busch is the great-great-grandson of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch. He was CEO from 2006 until InBev purchased the company in a $52 billion merger. He remains on the board of directors of InBev.