Arabnews24 - Canada:Two lifeless bodies were found Friday in a North York mansion owned by billionaire Barry Sherman ( 75 ) – one of the wealthiest people in the country.Emergency crews responded to the home about a medical incident at a house on Old Colony Road, near Highway 401 and Bayview Avenue, where the founder of generic drug company Apotex Inc. lived with his wife Honey on upscale Old Colony Rd., near Bayview Ave. and Hwy. 401, around 11:45 a.m.
"We appear to have two deceased persons at that address,” Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said Friday. “The Homicide Unit is monitoring the situation.The identities of the two deceased and how they died has not yet been released.No further details were immediately available.However, those who know the couple were expressing condolences on social media by Friday afternoon.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, tweeted he is "beyond words right now.""My dear friends Barry and Honey have been found dead," he tweeted. "Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care.""A very, very sad day," Hoskins added.The couple’s sprawling home, which was put up for sale this month for $6.9 million, has been cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape and the investigation is ongoing.
Sherman is reportedly Canada’s 15th richest person with an estimated net worth of $4.77 billion."If it is them (Honey and Barry Sherman) the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre are absolutely in shock by their tragic deaths," FWSC President and CEO Avi Benlolo said."They were among the community's philanthropic giants and have been incredible supporters of the organization," he added. Honey actually gave the closing remarks at the FWSC's State of the Union dinner just three weeks ago.
Const. David Hopkinson said police are treating the deaths as suspicious until they learn more from the pathologist and coroner. He said homicide detectives are not yet involved.Hopkinson didn’t reveal any details about the time or cause of death and whether there was any trauma.“There may be suspicious circumstances. It’s an investigative tool,” he said. “Until we know exactly how they died, we treat it as suspicious. Once a determination has been made by the pathologist and the coroner, then we move forward from there.”Police said later Friday evening that they are not currently seeking any suspects but are keeping an open mind on all possibilities.“We did not observe any signs of forced entry into the building and so at this point indications are that we have no outstanding suspect to be going after,”‘ Det. Brandon Price told reporters. “We will be getting a lot more answers tomorrow (Saturday) following the post-mortem examinations.”
Later,Toronto police say post-mortem exams on Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife Honey Sherman reveal the cause of death to be ligature neck compression. The homicide squad has now taken the lead in what they are calling a suspicious death investigation.