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Canadian billionaire couple found dead in mysterious circumstances

17 December 2017, 01:41 | Melanie Burgess

Canadian billionaire couple found dead in mysterious circumstances

Canadian billionaire couple die in suspicious way, bodies found 'hanging side by side next to pool'

Autopsies are being performed on Saturday on two bodies found dead in a North York home that belonged to billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, police say. When crews arrived, they found the couple dead, under circumstances that police described as suspicious.

Mr Sherman had set up the pharmaceutical company Apotex in 1974, stepping down as chief executive in 2012 but remaining executive chairman.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said in statement that he was "shocked and heartbroken" to learn of the deaths.

The Shermans' sudden death brought swift condolences from the highest rungs of Canadian society and government, including from the organizations they had spent years supporting and from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Const. David Hopkinson said emergency crews were dispatched out as a medical call initially to the Sherman home, located on Old Colony Road near Bayview Avenue and Highway 401, just before 11:45 a.m. Friday.

They said that they were treating the deaths as suspicious, but declined to say whether the bodies showed signs of trauma and did not provide details on the time or cause of death.

The Shermans recently listed their home for sale for almost 7 million Canadian dollars, about $5.4 million.

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Police said homicide investigators are involved in the case, though the deaths have not officially been classified as homicides.

Authorities have not said who made the call, though Canadian media reported the couple's bodies were found by a real estate agent helping them sell their home, which was on the market for $C6.9 million (about $A7 million).

Investigators are still attempting to "determine if there is foul play involved or not", Detective Brandon Price told reporters, "and at this point we can not say 100% with certainty if there is or there is not". They also donated roughly $50 million to the United Jewish Appeal. Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in healthcare.

Canadian Senator Linda Frum tweeted she is "gutted" after hearing the philanthropic couple had died.

The Shermans, who had four children, were major donors to hospitals, universities and Jewish organisations. "Barry, Honey, rest in peace", Dr. Eric Hoskins posted on Twitter Friday afternoon. The pharmaceutical company produces and exports generic drugs to more than 115 countries.

Sherman was born in Toronto, Canada in 1942 and was the youngest to ever enter into the University of Toronto's Engineering Science program at age 16. She said that she last saw them two weeks ago, when they had an open house - and could not imagine anything like this happening to a pair she described as the "best neighbours" and the pride of the neighbourhood.



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