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August Busch IV Confession Offers More Heartbreak Than Answers

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August Busch IV
Are we the only ones not sure of what to make of August Busch IV's confession today to the Post-Dispatch?

Speaking publicly for the first time since his 27-year-old girlfriend, Adrienne Martin, was found dead in his home last month, Busch suggests that she may have died from Trazodone, a drug used to to treat insomnia and depression. Busch says that Martin's ex-husband told him that she was taking the medication and that "for some reason" she may have took too many the night she died.

Martin's ex-husband, a physician by the name of Kevin Martin, counters that it was Busch who told him that Adrienne was taking Trazodone and that she should not take such a drug because of a heart condition she had.

In any case, the official cause of Adrienne Martin's death won't be known until the result of a medical examination later this month. In the meantime, Kevin Martin and Busch remain oddly friendly, with Kevin allowing the eight-year-old son he had with Adrienne to spend time with Busch.

Even more interesting, perhaps, is how today's news confirms just how miserable August Busch IV's life has become.

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Adrienne Martin
Perhaps Busch IV is just providing some public relations spin with his confession, though he sure sounds sincere. The 46-year-old former beer baron talks about how he fell into a deep depression after InBev hostilely acquired Anheuser-Busch in 2008 during his stint as CEO of the brewery that bears his family's name. In fact, Busch admits that he even entered rehab in early 2010 to deal with his depression.

Adrienne Martin, he says, was a godsend who jostled him from his despair.

"She was the only girl I've ever been with that I didn't want to have someone on the side," he says. "You know, I'm this notorious bachelor who always wanted someone on the side, but I didn't with Adrienne."

The saddest part of the story, however, comes at the end when Busch IV talks about how Martin's death has somewhat mended the icy relationship with his father August Busch III, who served as chairman of A-B and helped usher the sale to InBev.

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August Busch III
"Dad and I are talking, which is good," says Busch IV. "I love you, that's what I told him. I love you from the bottom of my heart."

Busch IV says his dad responded, "I love you, too."

Jeez, guys. I think I just shed a tear in my beer.


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Guest
Guest

That horrible August 3sticks(big bad daddy) sold his son out. The fourth is a genuine person and a nice man. He did not deserve what his big bad daddy did to him. My opinion only but I have re-ad that the board was under 3 sticks control and none of them had enough courage to stand up for what was right. They just looked out for number 1 and that would be themselves. The fourth tried to save that company and was leading it into a new positive direction. He was undermined by his "father, half-uncle(spoiled jealous and not attractive like the fourth) and from what I read that whole "half" side of the family. I don't know what is true, I only know what I read but I do think if Daddy sold his son down the river he does not deserve to be called Dad. That just attests to the kind person the fourth is. I don't know if he was raised by his mother but he sure doesn't present himself as the ruthless selfish man his father presented. I wish him all the best and happiness. Money cannot buy happiness and he has the money which for some reason people are jealous of, would you go through what he has for money??? I would much prefer a loving father, family and happiness and have no money! Don't be jealous of him have a heart and wish this man a happy life. He deserves it in my opinion. I do not know any member of the Busch family before you go there. I just know what I have read and observed on reports and formed my opinion.

Dduck
Dduck

Maybe Heather dated Rothlisberger , too. You 're a nut......lets see, we have an ex girlfriend post, the guy who inspected his vette in 83 post --- what a joke.

Whether he killed her or not, his daddy's money, not love will get him off.

Dduck
Dduck

This guy is worse than Ben rothlisberger..............

Wlg1971
Wlg1971

When is the last update on the mystery? Where are the toxiology results, the Post was so anxious to share with its readers? Has the public lost interest? I bet this dead lady's mom would appreicate some truth!

irony free
irony free

Shades of Andrew Gladney. Look at the time progression of photos.

Yep I said it
Yep I said it

If this guy is sending people to there grave because he"s packing a big Johnson. Then me and my friends wants to get in line. He said he got up to make her breakfast. What millionaire you know makes breakfast????????

Joejoeycorne
Joejoeycorne

he was not to remorsfull about taking the life of anouther girl friend back in 83. When he drove drunk his black corvette down a winding mnt hyw in Tucson and whent off the road killing her. I was the mechanic who, asked by the sherrif dept to inspect the brakes and steering. even thou the vette was flat, both systems still were intact and functional. I think he originally said the brake or steering failed. later he had amnesia, how does a person who has amnesia know were they live in the dark? he walked home to leave his dead girl friend

Heather
Heather

Okay, I am irritated by the fact that he said that she was the first girl he ever did not want to have somebody on the side with. Obviously, the InBev transfer made him feel humbled and THAT is why she was the first girl he felt that way with (if this is true). No disrespect to her intended. She seemed quite sweet and very beautiful. However, I know him well and I know that he always said I was the "best person (he) had ever known," and yet I am sure he had "others on the side" when he dated me, nevertheless. And I *was*, as he said, completely pure of heart when it came to him. I did not want him for money or fame. Indeed, I broke up w/him b/c he did not care enough about my family--only me and his family mattered. If I had married him I knew I would be totally alienated just b/c of who he is and his lifestyle (oh, yes, and the ease of having "others on the side" when you are on top of the world/in commercials/and fly like most people drive). I dated him in 1997-1998 and it was pretty serious (by his standards). With that totally selfish vent (on my part, admittedly) aside, he actually does have a heart and is a sweet guy. He just had a really messed up childhood and was both kind of a selfish jerk but vulnerable, too. It was SO important to him to 1) have his father's love 2) The CEO position. I knew something bad was going to happen when I heard about InBev--not b/c he is a bad person, but b/c he has self hatred tendencies and the InBev deal went against the two most important things in his life. I suspect this is drug related and he is doing all that he can to manage the damage publicly and privately (lawsuits, anyone?), but I suspect he also feels guilt about her death, especially since it probably had something to do his own downward spiral. Oh and she had a kid. Double guilt. I hope this does not make him spin out of control, but I think his dad's support is going to make sure he does not do anything foolish to himself.

Stlgirl
Stlgirl

Bullshit! All of it ... Two women dead while he's with them?! Come on guys!

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

There's a country music song waiting to be written in here.

Heather
Heather

I'm actually a Packers fan, but thanks, "Dduck."

(...BTW, not sure whom you are referring to as a "nut," but may I add that your comment was *so* much more relevant than posts coming from people who actually know him...).

Victoriaelizabeth40
Victoriaelizabeth40

How would you know? Apparently you spend all of your time on blog sites insulting people you do not know with assumptions you have no way of proving. Get a job and make your own millions and then hire someone to brush your yellow teeth.

Msanfi4451
Msanfi4451

August IV is actually a good cook and furthermore enjoys cooking. I have been to his house for dinner and he made marinated medallions that were awesome. Does him being a billionaire make him an invalid? Are you one of these people who assumes he has servants brushing his teeth for him every morning? Get a life dork!

Chad Garrison
Chad Garrison

Yeah, except his vehicle of choice is a helicopter instead of a pickup truck.

Disappointed
Disappointed

Hmm... Divorced single mother (divorced from a physician)

Dies while blowing somebody 18 years older than her. Wonder who bought the COCAINE (the OXY is from Walgreens- The #1 Pusher in America)

Victoriaelizabeth40
Victoriaelizabeth40

Get your facts straight stupid, that is his Daddy who flies around in a helicopter not him.

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