The bodies of Barry Sherman, the billionaire founder of global generic drug giant Apotex Inc., and his wife, Honey, were found in the basement of the Shermans’ Toronto mansion on Friday, but mystery surrounds the cause of their deaths.
The Shermans had just put their house on Old Colony Road, in a posh North York neighbourhood, up for sale for $6.9-million. A relative, who asked not to be identified, said a real estate agent, preparing for an open house, had discovered the two bodies in the large home’s basement Friday morning.
Apotex released a statement late Friday confirming the deaths: “We’ve been informed of the tragic news that Barry and Honey Sherman have unexpectedly passed away. All of us at Apotex are deeply shocked and saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.”
Police were tight-lipped about the case. They would not confirm that the two bodies were the Shermans but say they are treating the deaths as “suspicious.” As of late Friday, however, the homicide squad was not in charge of the probe and the investigation was being conducted by detectives with the local 33 Division.
Speaking to reporters at the scene, police spokesman Constable David Hopkinson would not say if there were signs of trauma on the bodies or whether there was any indication of forced entry into the home. If the investigation suggested foul play was involved, the homicide squad would be called in, he said. Constable Hopkinson said police did…