Investigators are awaiting the results of autopsies performed on Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife before determining the next steps in the ongoing probe into their suspicious deaths.
Const. David Hopkinson would not identify the two bodies found at the home of Apotex founder Bernard "Barry" Sherman and his wife Honey.
Barry Sherman founded Apotex in 1974.
"All of us at Apotex are deeply shocked and saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,"Apotex wrote in a news release".
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario's health minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins, were among those who paid tribute to the Shermans. His wealth amounted to about $3 billion, according to Forbes magazine, which lists Sherman as the 12th richest Canadian businessman.
Hopkinson said police received a call at 11:44 a.m. on Friday about a "medical complaint" and police, fire and paramedics went to the home.
Canadian media said the Shermans had recently put their home up for sale with a price of around Can$7 million.
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Despite the police withholding the identities of the bodies, many friends of the couple and a number of officials confirmed the news of their death.
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. Honey Sherman was a board member of several institutions: York University, the Baycrest Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital.
If the autopsies indicate that a homicide has occurred, the police's homicide squad will take over the investigation and detectives will talk to family members before they update the public, he said. "Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care". "Barry, Honey, rest in peace".
The couple had become known in Canada for their philanthropy, and their deaths sent shock waves through the country's political elite. Apotex specializes in manufacturing generic versions of prescription drugs.
Sherman was born in Toronto, Canada in 1942 and was the youngest to ever enter into the University of Toronto's Engineering Science program at age 16. "I am heartbroken", she said.
They are survived by their four children, including one who just gave them a grandchild.
"At this point we are not now seeking a suspect", Toronto police homicide Det. They also had close ties to the Jewish community as they donated roughly $50 million to the United Jewish Appeal - a Jewish philanthropic umbrella organization that later changed its name to the Jewish Federations of North America.