Canadian billionaire, wife found dead

Autopsies are being conducted on the bodies of a billionaire pharmaceutical giant and his wife who were found dead in their York Mills home on Friday afternoon.

Their bodies were discovered by an estate agent who was setting up an open house for the luxury property, which had recently been put up for sale for $6.9m Canadian dollars (over £4m).

Police said they learned of the deaths after responding to a midday (1700 GMT) medical call at the Sherman's home in an affluent section of northeast Toronto.

"Until we know exactly how they died we treat it as suspicious and once a determination has been made with the pathologist and the coroner then we move forward from there", Const. David Hopkinson told reporters on Friday evening.

Two bodies covered in blankets were later seen being removed from the house.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he was saddened to by the news of the sudden passing of Barry and his wife Honey.

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Sherman is the founder of generic drug-maker Apotex.

Mr Sherman was involved in a series of lawsuits, including a decade-long battle with cousins seeking compensation over allegations he cut them out of the company that would make him rich. He is estimated to be worth almost $5 billion and is believed to be the 15th richest person in Canada.

The former Premier of Ontario Bob Rae said the couple was very successful in business, yet very giving, and their loss will be very big. "As employees, we are proud of his tremendous accomplishments, honoured to have known him, and vow to carry on with the Apotex goal in his honour".

Sarah Alvi lives with her family across the road from the Sherman home and has known the couple for four years.

"Our condolences to their family & friends, and to everyone touched by their vision & spirit", Trudeau wrote on Twitter. The two people found inside were pronounced dead at the scene. Incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care.

In a statement, Mayor Tory said he was "shocked and heartbroken" to learn of the deaths, and noted the couple's generous contributions to the city.


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