Jewish Canadian billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found dead overnight Friday in their mansion in Toronoto, in an incident the police descripe as "suspicious."
Police said they learned of the deaths after responding to a midday medical call at the Shermans’ home in an affluent section of northeast Toronto. Two bodies covered in blankets were removed from the home and loaded into an unmarked van on Friday evening.
“The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,” said Constable David Hopkinson. Homicide detectives later told reporters gathered outside the home that there were no signs of forced entry.
According to the Toronto Star, police are investigating the case as a murder-suicide.
Their neighbors, business associates and some of Canada’s most powerful politicians said they were saddened by the deaths. Sherman made his fortune in Canada as the head of a large pharmaceutical firm and donated to Jewish and liberal causes.
“Our condolences to their family & friends, and to everyone touched by their vision & spirit,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter.
The Shermans recently listed their home for sale for nearly C$7 million ($5.4 million). A real estate agent discovered the bodies in the basement while preparing for an open house, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported, citing a relative.
Sherman, 75, founded privately held Apotex in 1974, growing it by introducing large numbers of low-cost generic drugs that took market share from branded pharmaceuticals. He stepped down as chief executive in 2012 but remained executive chairman.
Forbes has estimated Sherman’s fortune at $3.2 billion.
Apotex is the world’s No. 7 generic drugmaker with 11,000 employees and annual sales of more than C$2 billion in more than 45 countries, according to its website.