(SL) -Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were loved in their community and their deaths have shocked the residents of Toronto’s affluent North York neighborhood.
Barry Sherman, 75, was the founder of Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex and one of the richest people in the world. Forbes estimated his net worth at $3.2 billion, earning him the 12th spot on the list of the wealthiest Canadians. He’d appeared on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires for 15 years.
Him and his wife were known to be quite charitable giving away a sizeable amount of their money doling out tens of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and the United Jewish Appeal, according to the Globe and Mail. Honey Sherman was a board member at several institutions: York University, the Baycrest Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital. She had been chair of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto and the Holocaust Education Centre.
Their bodies were found December 15th in the lowest level of their $7 million home by a real estate agent preparing the mansion for an open house. Authorities are calling the deaths suspicious after the billionaire couple were found strangled, their bodies dangling from the railing around their basement lap pool.
Toronto police say both died of “ligature neck compression,” a form of strangulation in which a cord or rope is used to exert fatal pressure on a person’s neck.