Founder of Pharma Giant, Wife Found Dead in Home

Police in Toronto say deaths are 'suspicious'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Pharma Billionaire, Wife Die in 'Suspicious Circumstances'
Barry Sherman.   (YouTube)

A drug company billionaire and his wife were found dead in their mansion in what police describe as "suspicious circumstances," but investigators in Toronto say there were no signs of forced entry and they are not seeking any suspects. Barry Sherman, 75, and his wife, Honey, 70, were found around noon Friday after police received a 911 call, the Toronto Star reports. Homicide detective Brandon Price said late Friday that police are "not currently seeking a suspect," though they are still waiting for post-mortem results. Sherman founded the global generic drug firm Apotex and was one of Canada's richest people. The Globe and Mail reports that the bodies were found in the basement of the home, which was recently put up for sale.

Sources tell the National Post that the bodies were found hanging side by side next to an indoor pool—and they were discovered by a real estate agent showing the house to a client. Police have declined to confirm details of the deaths. The couple, who had four children, were known for their philanthropy and they are being mourned by Canadian business and political leaders, the CBC reports. "Barry and Honey were kind, good people who will be greatly missed," says Toronto Mayor John Tory. "The philanthropic and economic contributions they have made to Toronto put them in a class of their own." Others praised Sherman's work at Apotex, which helped make drugs more affordable worldwide. (More Toronto stories.)

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