The suspicious deaths of Barry Sherman and his wife sow misunderstanding
Honey Sherman and her husband Barry were found dead Friday in the basement of their Toronto home.
Monday, 18 December 2017 20:00
Monday, 18 December 2017 20:00
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Founder of a large pharmaceutical company, 15th fortune of the country and generous philanthropist… The suspicious deaths of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey to Toronto last week to sow misunderstanding in the family.
The billionaire of 75 years and his wife of 70 years have been found strangled in the basement of their home Friday.
The police had initially indicated that she was looking for “no suspect” in this case and that it focused on the thesis of a murder followed by a suicide, reported local media.
The children of the billionaire quickly blasted this theory in the course of the weekend.
“We are shocked” by ” a theory that neither their family, nor their friends, nor their colleagues do not believe “, they said.
They are calling for an investigation “in-depth” to shed light on ” these tragic deaths “.
However, five days after the discovery of the body, the mystery remains unsolved and the police reveals information in dribs and drabs.
According to toronto media, it is the real estate agent of the couple, responsible for a month of the sale of their home of nearly 7 million dollars, which has made the macabre discovery.
The couple had to put the residence for sale at a price of $ 6.9 million.
The two bodies were hung to a railing surrounding the indoor swimming pool, said Global News, citing a police source.
No trace of tampering was found on the premises, and any notes that might explain what happened has been found.
Autopsies performed revealed that the husband had died by strangulation, police said Sunday, in a short press release.
The case has since been transferred to the service of the killings and is regarded as ” suspicious “, according to the authorities. No hypothesis is therefore ruled out by the investigators.
Mr. Sherman had founded the pharmaceutical Apotex in 1974 with only two employees. The producer of generic drugs is today one of the most important in the world.
His fortune is estimated at $ 5 billion, according to Canadian Business magazine.
The death of the couple, well known for his philanthropy, has caused a shock wave as in the relatives than in the community.
“Our parents shared an enthusiasm for life and a commitment to their family and their community,” said the children of the Sherman in their press release.
Their memory has also been praised by the most senior policy makers, the agencies that benefited from their donations as well as by the jewish community.
The direction of Apotex has paid tribute to its founder and his wife, through their foundation, have made gifts of more than $ 50 million over the past 10 years “, mainly for the universities.
Over the years, Mr. Sherman has been involved in various disputes with other large pharmaceutical companies who challenged the manufacturing of generic versions of their products.
He had also been asked in recent months that an investigation in respect of the financing activities in which he had participated for the benefit of the liberal Party of Canada be abandoned.
Mr. Sherman had been pursued by cousins who argued that it was 20 % of Apotex, reported the canadian daily The Globe and Mail.
In September, the Ontario superior Court had given reason to the billionaire, but the other party has filed a notice of appeal.
– With Benoît Philie, The Globe and Mail, Global News, and Agence France-Presse