Canada: Homicide probe in death of billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman

Canada: Homicide probe in death of billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman

Toronto police have released autopsy details from their investigation into the sudden death of Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey Sherman.

"The cause of death for both deceased was ligature neck compression", Toronto police said in a statement following post-mortem investigations of the bodies of the 75-year-old chairman of the board of Apotex and his 70-year-old wife.

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. They previously indicated that there were no signs of forced entry into the home and that they were not seeking any suspects.

The founder of Apotex, the largest exporter of generic drugs in Canada and the world's seventh largest pharmaceutical company, Barry Sherman's wealth was estimated to be around $3.2 billion by Forbes.

The Sherman family issued a statement on Saturday urging police to conduct a "thorough, intensive and objective criminal investigation" into the deaths and calling on the media to avoid speculating on the cause of the deaths.

"We are at a loss of words", neighbor Sarah Alva said.

Canadian media said the Shermans had recently put their home up for sale with a price of around Can$7 million.

Earlier, the Sherman family rejected police theory that the death was unnatural.

Sherman faced legal action from family members alleging they had been cut out of the company over the years. The couple made numerous multimillion-dollar donations to hospitals, schools and charities and had buildings named in their honor.

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

However, he also said that the police are not treating the case as homicide.

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

Mayor John Tory also released a statement Friday.

"Honey Sherman was a volunteer extraordinaire", he said.

Trudeau was among many prominent Canadians who expressed sorrow over the Shermans' deaths.

"Their memories will live on for a long time because of what they did as two human beings that contributed a lot to our community and our country". In 2007, three of his cousins and the widow of the fourth filed a lawsuit against Sherman arguing that he owed them $1 billion in damages and a 20 percent stake in Apotex.

Apotex employee Tilak Malwatta went to the Shermans' home Saturday to pay his respects.

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