Police Investigate 'Suspicious' Death of Prominent Toronto Couple

17 December, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Investigators are awaiting the results of autopsies performed on Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife before determining the next steps in the ongoing probe into their suspicious deaths.

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.

In a statement, Apotex said Sherman grew the company from its "humble" roots to become a successful pharmaceutical firm with 6,000 employees in 21 sites across Canada.

In a statement, Apotex confirmed the Shermans had been killed: "We've been informed of the tragic news that Barry and Honey Sherman have unexpectedly passed away".

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. Canadian Business magazine recently listed him as the 15th richest person in Canada, with a net worth of $4.77 billion.

Police said they learned of the deaths after responding to a midday (1700 GMT) medical call at the Sherman's home in an affluent section of northeast Toronto.

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

The paper also said that the bodies were "found hanging side by side next to their indoor pool", something that other Canadian outlets later repeated, citing police sources.

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"I am gutted by the loss of Honey and Barry Sherman".

Police did not say who made the call, while the National Post reported that the bodies were initially discovered by a real estate agent, who came to the couple's luxury mansion, which is now up for sale.

And the Shermans were generous with their largesse, doling out tens of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and the United Jewish Appeal, according to the Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper.

Sherman's wife, Honey, was a member of the board of the Baycrest Foundation and the York University Foundation.

"I am beyond words right now".

The couple had four children. 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.

The couple had become known in Canada for their philanthropy, and their deaths sent shock waves through the country's political elite. A very, very sad day. "Barry, Honey, rest in peace", Dr. Eric Hoskins posted on Twitter Friday afternoon.

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

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