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Barry and Honey Sherman deaths: Canada homicide police take over investigation

Barry and Honey Sherman deaths: Canada homicide police take over investigation

Emergency crews were called to the mansion in the Bayview Avenue and Highway 401 area around 11:45 a.m. ET Friday for reports of a medical emergency, where Toronto police say a male and a female were pronounced dead.

Post-mortem examinations conducted revealed that the couple died of ligature neck compression, a type of strangulation, Toronto police said in a news release.

"Deeply shocked & saddened to hear of the deaths of Barry & Honey Sherman". "Our condolences to their family and friends, and to everyone touched by their vision and spirit", Trudeau said.

On Friday night, police said they weren't looking for an outstanding suspect and that there were no signs of forced entry into the home. Barry Sherman had a reputation as a workaholic, having built his company from scratch to become the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company.

Friends described Honey Sherman as warm, genuine and someone who loved to socialise.

David Hopkinson said Saturday the autopsies were being performed a day after the Apotex founder and his wife, Honey, were found dead in their north Toronto mansion.

He later sold Empire, and in 1974 founded Apotex, the company that made him a billionaire and which now employs more than 10,000 people.

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Barry Sherman recently estimated his worth at 4.77 billion Canadian dollars (US $3.65 billion/€3.1 billion).

"Patients around the world live healthier and more fulfilled lives thanks to his life's work, and his significant impact on healthcare and healthcare sustainability will have an enduring impact for many years to come", the statement read.

The address where the bodies were found was recently listed for sale for $6.9 million. "As employees, we are proud of his tremendous accomplishments, honored to have known him, and vow to carry on with the Apotex objective in his honor".

The Shermans were among the country's most generous philanthropists and were also active in fundraising for Trudeau's Liberal party.

Mrs Sherman - also a University of Toronto graduate - was a board member for several hospitals, charities and Jewish organisations. A listing posted online said the home, located in an upscale Toronto neighbourhood, is now on the market for just under $7 million.

Meanwhile, officers were at the Shermans' property interviewing neighbours.

If the autopsies indicate that a homicide has occurred, the police's homicide squad will take over the investigation and detectives will talk to family members before they update the public, Hopkinson said Saturday.


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