Deaths of Canada billionaire Barry Sherman and wife ‘suspicious’

Honey and Barry Sherman were renowned for their charity fundraising

A Canadian billionaire and his wife have been found dead at their home in Toronto in circumstances that police described as “suspicious”.

The bodies of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found in the basement by an estate agent, reports said.

Mr Sherman was the founder and chairman of pharmaceutical giant Apotex, which sells generic medicines around the world.

He was one of Canada’s richest men and a prominent philanthropist.

Police gave few details and did not confirm the identities of the deceased. However, they were named locally by friends and by officials who reacted with shock at the news.

 

“I am beyond words right now,” Ontario’s Health Minister Eric Hoskins said on Twitter.

“My dear friends Barry and Honey Sherman have been found dead. Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his condolences to the couple’s family and friends.

 

The bodies, covered in blankets, were removed from the house in north-east Toronto

 

The house was on sale for C$7m ($5.4m; £4m)

A police spokesman said emergency services were called to the house just before noon on Friday.

“The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,” said Constable David Hopkinson.

Detectives said later that there were no signs of forced entry at the house.

The couple had recently put their luxury home up for sale and their bodies were found by an estate agent who was at the property to prepare it for an open-house viewing, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported, citing a family member.

Apotex said in a statement: “All of us at Apotex are deeply shocked and saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.”

The couple had four children.

Mr Sherman founded Apotex Inc in 1974 and the firm says it is now the seventh biggest drug maker in the world.

Forbes magazine puts Mr Sherman’s personal net worth at $3.2bn (£2.4bn).

Source: BBC.COM

 

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