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Police Investigate 'Suspicious' Death of Prominent Toronto Couple

Police Investigate 'Suspicious' Death of Prominent Toronto Coupleā€

The two were found dead after police responded to a medical call just before noon at their home in an affluent section of northeast Toronto.

Emergency crews were called to the home at about 11:45 a.m. on Friday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported, with police saying only that a man and woman were pronounced dead on the scene.

He declined to release the age of the victims, where they were found in the house, whether a weapon was recovered, whether the bodies showed signs of trauma, and who found the bodies. Canadian Business magazine recently listed him as the 15th richest person in Canada, with a net worth of $4.77 billion.

Barry Sherman founded Toronto-based Apotex Inc.in 1974 with two employees and gradually turned it into the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company. He stepped down as chief executive in 2012 but remained as executive chairman.

Detective Brandon Price told Canadian broadcaster CBC that investigators were still trying to determine if there was foul play involved.

Mr. Sherman was 75 and Ms. Sherman, 70.

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Apotex described their deaths as shocking and tragic, while other statements praised the Shermans' numerous philanthropic efforts. "As employees, we are proud of his tremendous accomplishments, honoured to have known him, and vow to carry on with the Apotex objective in his honour".

The couple has been well-known for the philanthropy they carried out, giving tens of millions dollars to hospitals, Jewish organizations and universities, reported local television.

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.

Sarah Alvi lives with her family across the road from the Sherman home and has known the couple for four years. "Our condolences to their family & friends, and to everyone touched by their vision & spirit". "I am heartbroken", she said.

"I am beyond words right now", Ontario's Health Minister Eric Hoskins said on Twitter.

"I am gutted by the loss of Honey and Barry Sherman. A very, very sad day", he wrote.



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