Police release cause of death of Barry and Honey Sherman

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Toronto homicide detectives have taken over the investigation of the deaths of billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, as authorities identified the couple as the two people found dead in a north Toronto mansion on Friday.

Barry Sherman, 75, and Honey Sherman, 70, were found dead in their home by their realtor on December 15.in circumstances the police initially said "appear to be suspicious", The Toronto Star reported.

Emergency crews were called to the mansion in the Bayview Avenue and Highway 401 area around 11:45 a.m. ET Friday for reports of a medical emergency, where Toronto police say a male and a female were pronounced dead.

Local media cited a police source as saying the Shermans' bodies were found hanging from a railing around a basement pool, the theory being that the Apotex chairman killed his wife Honey, hung her body and then hanged himself by the pool's edge. When crews arrived, they found the couple dead, under circumstances that police described as suspicious.

Autopsies conducted on Saturday and Sunday determined that the couple died from ligature neck compression. They have yet to confirm that the Shermans were the deceased, despite the family's statement, and Apotex confirming that its founder Barry Sherman and his wife had died. Later on Friday, police also issued a statement, in which it particularly pointed out that they are not looking for any suspect.

"We are poring over the evidence", Hopkinson said. He is the 15th richest Canadian, according to Canadian Business magazine, with an estimated wealth of $4.77 billion Canadian, or $3.65 billion.

This screen grab taken on December 16, 2017 from a YouTube video released by Apotex with permission given to AFP shows Barry Sherman, founder of Canada's global pharmaceutical giant Apotex, speaking during a promotion video.

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The Shermans were among Canada's most generous philanthropists, and their deaths shocked Canadian high society. The cousins alleged that Apotex was founded in part using proceeds from Sherman's later sale of Empire Laboratories, and that they were therefore owed a share of Apotex.

The Shermans made numerous multimillion-dollar donations to hospitals, schools and charities and had buildings named in their honor.

If the autopsies indicate that the deaths were not criminal in nature, police will likely not provide an update to the public on the case, he added.

Linda Frum, a longtime friend of the couple and Canadian senator, told The New York Times: "There is absolutely zero debate in my mind, this was a double homicide".

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

On Saturday, the home page of the Apotex website memorialized Barry Sherman and the legacy he built. This is very, very sad.

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