Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

2 bodies found in Toronto home of Apotex founder Barry Sherman

2 bodies found in Toronto home of Apotex founder Barry Sherman

'The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way, ' said Constable David Hopkinson.

The couple had become known in Canada for their philanthropy, and their deaths sent shock waves through the country's political elite.

According to Forbes, Sherman, 75, was the 12th richest man in Canada and ranked 660th among world's billionaires, with an estimated net worth of $3.2 billion, as recorded in March 2017.

Mr. Sherman, 75, founded the privately held Apotex in 1974, growing it by introducing large numbers of low-priced generic drugs that took market share from brand pharmaceuticals.

Sherman stepped down as chief executive in 2012 but remained Apotex's executive chairman. The pharmaceutical company produces and exports generic drugs to more than 115 countries.

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The couple leave behind four children. The Toronto Police homicide unit is collaborating with the investigation in case it ultimately takes over, he said.

There was no sign of forced entry to the property, police said in a statement Friday evening.

"At this point we are not now seeking a suspect", Toronto police homicide Det.

"Investigators will wait for the results of the post mortem".

Condolences poured in from all corners over Sherman's sudden and unexpected death. That's where police say two people were found dead.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau were also among those to offer a tribute to the couple through social media.

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins confirmed the death of the couple in a tweet Friday afternoon.

Apotex released a statement on Saturday paying tribute to its founder, praising both his philanthropic efforts and what it described as his vision for health care.

Toronto mayor, John Tory, said the he was "shocked and heartbroken" to learn that the two were found dead in their home.

"Patients around the world live healthier and more fulfilled lives thanks to his life's work, and his significant impact on healthcare and healthcare sustainability will have an enduring impact for many years to come", the company said.

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