The billionaire founder of the Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex, Barry Sherman, 75, and his wife, Honey, were found dead in their Toronto mansion on Friday.
According to reports, Police found the couple dead after they responded to a medical call at their home at 50 Old Colony Rd. in the Bayview Avenue and Highway 401 area around 11:45 a.m. Police labelled the deaths “suspicious” after the bodies were discovered Friday, but clarified that no suspects were being sought.
“The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,” said police officer David Hopkinson. Homicide detectives later told reporters gathered outside the home that there were no signs of forced entry.
The couple’s children refuted that version of the events.
“Our parents shared an enthusiasm for life and commitment to their family and community totally inconsistent with the rumors regrettably circulated in the media as to the circumstances surrounding their deaths,” a statement read.
“We are shocked and think it’s irresponsible that police sources have reportedly advised the media of a theory which neither their family, their friends nor their colleagues believe to be true.”
They called for a “thorough, intensive and objective criminal investigation,” urging the media to refrain from reporting until the investigation is complete.
According to Forbes, Sherman had an estimated worth of $3.2 billion (Can$4.1 billion) at the time of his death, and was the 12th-richest person in Canada.