Dec 18, 2017
By Jane Brown
Toronto Police say both Barry and Honey Sherman died from “ligature neck compression” or strangulation of the neck.
A short statement was released by police last night identifying the billionaire couple found dead in their north Toronto home on Friday. Homicide investigators have taken the lead on the case, although police are still classifying the deaths as suspicious.
Their bodies were discovered by a real estate agent. All indications are that they were found hanging from a railing surrounding their basement pool. There was no sign of forced entry to the home and no note left behind to explain what happened.
Triubtes continue to pour in for the 75 year old founder of generic pharmaceuticals giant Apotex and his 70 year old wife, an outgoing philanthropist whose causes ranged from higher education to heatlhcare to the Jewish Community.
PostMedia CEO Paul Godfrey was a friend of both and says it’s hard to believe they’re both gone.
“I can’t understand why this terrible thing took place,” Godfrey lamented, “They’ve left a gap that may be impossible to fill.”
Over the weekend, multiple media reports quoted a Toronto Police source saying the early theory of investigators was that Mr. Sherman may have killed his wife and then took his own life. But the couple’s grown children have dismissed outright that suggestion.
The couple had four children and had recently welcomed a new grandchild.