Police in Canada Call Billionaire Couple's Deaths Suspicious

16 December, 2017, 19:10 | Author: Jason Torres
  • A Toronto police vehicle is seen outside the home of Apotex chairman Barry Sherman after two people were found dead on Dec. 15 2017. CITYNEWS  Ken Townsend

The founder and chairman of Apotex, Bernard Sherman, and his wife Honey were found dead inside their North York mansion, in Toronto, Canada, on Friday.

Staff Sgt. Jeff Taylor of Toronto police's 33 Division said officers were called shortly before noon to the home at 50 Old Colony Rd., near Bayview Ave. and Highway 401.

Police have said that they are treating their deaths as "suspicious" but have not handed over the investigation to the homicide unit at this point.

"We've been informed of the tragic news that Barry and Honey Sherman have unexpectedly passed away", said the Twitter account of Apotex, which Sherman founded in 1974.

Forbes has estimated his net worth at $3.2 billion.

"Honey Sherman was a volunteer extraordinaire".

Police said later Friday evening that they are not now seeking any suspects but are keeping an open mind on all possibilities.

Apotex sells 260 generic drugs in more than 115 countries, raking in annual global revenue of $1.5 billion.

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"Police are investigating, and I hope that investigation will be able to provide answers for all of us who are mourning this tremendous loss", he said.

Speaking with reporters about the couple on Saturday morning, Mayor John Tory said they were "extraordinary citizens" who "contributed so much to so many in Toronto. "(They were) wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care.

Sherman and his wife were known to be generous philanthropists.

The couple had donated millions across the city, from the United Jewish Appeal to the United Way.

"Their loss will be felt across Canada", the organization tweeted.

"Their visible leadership on our hospital and foundation board of directors was infused with warmth, passion and a fierce intelligence", Brent Belzberg said in a statement.

The couple recently put up their home up for sale, and a real estate agent, who was preparing the house for an open-house viewing, discovered their bodies.

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