Autopsies underway for Canadian billionaires found dead

17 December, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • A Canadian Billionaire And His Wife Were Found Found Dead In Their Home

Tributes poured in from prominent Canadians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after the sudden deaths of billionaire pharmaceutical executive Bernard "Barry" Sherman and his wife shocked the country's corporate and political worlds.

It is reported the bodies of Barry and Honey Sherman were discovered in their basement in Toronto on Thursday.

Police were called to the upscale neighbourhood just before noon Friday.

He declined to release the age of the victims, where they were found in the house, whether a weapon was recovered, whether the bodies showed signs of trauma, and who found the bodies.

Two bodies covered in blankets were later seen being removed from the house.

Sherman founded the Toronto-based Apotex Inc.in 1974 with two employees and gradually turned it into the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company.

Mr Sherman was involved in a series of lawsuits, including a decade-long battle with cousins seeking compensation over allegations he cut them out of the company that would make him rich.

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Tory said that he was "shocked and saddened" to hear about the deaths of the Shermans but takes some solace in the fact that "their memories will live on for a long time". He is estimated to be worth almost $5 billion and is believed to be the 15th richest person in Canada. "As employees, we are proud of his tremendous accomplishments, honored to have known him, and vow to carry on with the Apotex goal in his honor".

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. "A very, very sad day", he wrote. (9NEWS) Post-mortem examinations will be conducted on Barry and Honey Sherman.

Apotex described their deaths as shocking and tragic, while other statements praised the Shermans' numerous philanthropic efforts.

"I hope that investigation will be able to provide answers for all of us who are mourning this tremendous loss", he said.

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