One of Canada’s richest men and his wife have been found dead in their Toronto home, authorities confirmed.
Police have not yet released any details of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman. Their bodies were discovered Friday morning, and investigators said there appeared to be no danger to the community at large, and no suspects were being sought.
“At this point we are not currently seeking a suspect,” Toronto police homicide Det. Brandon Price told reporters in a Friday evening press conference.
Sherman founded pharmaceutical firm Apotex, and was worth more than $3 billion, according to Forbes. The deaths shocked the country, which knew the couple as ardent philanthropists who donated to universities, hospitals and charities. The couple were found in their home, which was up for sale.
“Sophie and I are saddened by news of the sudden passing of Barry and Honey Sherman,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Our condolences to their family & friends, and to everyone touched by their vision & spirit.”
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. Apotex specializes in manufacturing generic versions of prescription drugs.
“Patients around the world live healthier and more fulfilled lives thanks to his life's work, and his significant impact on healthcare and healthcare sustainability will have an enduring impact for many years to come,” the company said. “As employees, we are proud of his tremendous accomplishments, honored to have known him, and vow to carry on with the Apotex purpose in his honor.”
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