Canadian billionaire couple found dead in their mansion basement

Murder-suicide now being investigated in death of Toronto billionaire Barry Sherman and wife

Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead in their Toronto mansion.

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".

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.

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.

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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau were also among those to offer a tribute to the couple through social media.

Sherman, 75, founded privately held Apotex in 1974, growing it by introducing large numbers of low-priced generic drugs that took market share from branded pharmaceuticals.

Tory said that he was "shocked and saddened" to hear about the deaths of the Shermans but takes some solace in the fact that "their memories will live on for a long time".

Along the way he amassed a vast fortune, recently estimated at $4.77 billion, making him the 15th richest person in the country.

Sherman's wife, Honey, was a member of the board of the Baycrest Foundation and the York University Foundation.

Outside of the pharmaceutical business, the Shermans were also known for their philanthropy.

Speaking with reporters about the couple on Saturday morning, Mayor John Tory said they were "extraordinary citizens" who "contributed so much to so many in Toronto". "Our condolences to their family & friends, and to everyone touched by their vision & spirit".

Const. David Hopkinson, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said police hope to receive the results of the autopsies later on Saturday.

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins confirmed the death of the couple in a tweet Friday afternoon.

"Barry and Honey were kind, good people who will be greatly missed". Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in healthcare.

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