Autopsies underway for Canadian billionaires found dead

Bernard Sherman, one of Canadas most prominent billionaires and community philanthropists, was found dead alongside his wife inside their mansion in Toronto, the media reported.

Police have said they are treating the deaths of Barry Sherman, 75, the founder of Canadian drug company Apotex, and his wife Honey as "suspicious".

Const. David Hopkinson said emergency crews were dispatched out as a medical call initially to the Sherman home, located on Old Colony Road near Bayview Avenue and Highway 401, just before 11:45 a.m. Friday.

He declined to release the age of the victims, where they were found in the house, whether a weapon was recovered, whether the bodies showed signs of trauma, and who found the bodies.

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"Sophie and I are saddened by news of the sudden passing of Barry and Honey Sherman", Trudeau said in a tweet.

Mr. Sherman's net worth was recently estimated to be $4.77-billion by Canadian Business, an online magazine, making him the 15th-richest person in Canada.

The couple recently put up their home up for sale, and a real estate agent, who was preparing the house for an open-house viewing, discovered their bodies. He stepped down as chief executive in 2012 but remained as executive chairman. "They will then determine the course of their investigation and only then will they issue a statement", Hopkinson said in an email.

Mr Sherman founded Apotex Inc in 1974 and the firm says it is now the seventh biggest drug maker in the world.

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Apotex described their deaths as shocking and tragic, while other statements praised the Shermans' numerous philanthropic efforts.

"Police are investigating, and I hope that investigation will be able to provide answers for all of us who are mourning this tremendous loss", he said. Neighbours confirmed that the property was the couple's home.

Honey Sherman was a member of the board of the Baycrest Foundation and the York University Foundation. That's where police say two people were found dead. Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in healthcare.

'Our condolences to their family & friends, and to everyone touched by their vision & spirit, ' Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter.

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