Autopsies underway for pharmaceutical billionaires found dead in their home

by Susie Olson December 17, 2017, 1:10
Autopsies underway for pharmaceutical billionaires found dead in their home

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.

Police were called to the Shermans' home in an upscale neighbourhood of north Toronto just before noon on Friday in response to a "medical complaint".

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

Mr Sherman was the chairman of generic drug-maker Apotex, which he founded in 1974 with two employees.

His fortune was recently estimated to be $4.77 billion by Canadian Business magazine, making him the 15th richest person in Canada.

Apotex posted a message on its website Saturday paying tribute to Mr. Sherman's entrepreneurial and philanthropic efforts. "They will then determine the course of their investigation and only then will they issue a statement", Hopkinson said in an email.

Toronto mayor, John Tory, said the he was "shocked and heartbroken" to learn that the two were found dead in their home.

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Police said homicide investigators are involved in the case, though the deaths have not officially been classified as homicides. "As employees, we are proud of his tremendous accomplishments, honoured to have known him, and vow to carry on with the Apotex goal in his honour".

Honey was on the board of governors at York University, the Baycrest Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital.

"They were extremely successful in business, but also very, very giving people", former Ontario Premier Bob Rae told CBC.

Sarah Alvi lives with her family across the road from the Sherman home and has known the couple for four years.

The Toronto Sun reported Saturday that Honey Sherman may have been killed elsewhere in the mansion - leading police to suspect a murder suicide since there was no sign of forced entry. Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in healthcare.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was "saddened by news of the sudden passing". A very, very sad day.


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