Autopsies being conducted on bodies of Barry and Honey Sherman

Death of billionaire drug company owner and his wife treated as 'suspicious'

Canadian Business magazine recently listed Barry Sherman as the 15th richest person in Canada, with a net worth of $4.77 billion.

Police were called to the upscale neighbourhood just before noon Friday.

Tributes poured in from prominent Canadians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after the sudden deaths of billionaire pharmaceutical executive Bernard "Barry" Sherman and his wife shocked the country's corporate and political worlds.

"All of us at Apotex are deeply shocked and saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,"Apotex wrote in a news release".

A real estate agent discovered the bodies in the basement while preparing for an open house, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported, citing a relative.

Sherman was the chairman of generic drug maker Apotex.

Today, the company has more than 10,000 people in research, development, manufacturing and distribution facilities world-wide, with more than 6,000 employees at its Canadian operations.

Honey, who also graduated from the University of Toronto, was a member of the board of the Baycrest Foundation and the York University Foundation. "Our condolences to their family & friends, and to everyone touched by their vision & spirit".

Police have said that they are treating their deaths as "suspicious" but have not handed over the investigation to the homicide unit at this point.

Detective Brandon Price told Canadian broadcaster CBC that investigators were still trying to determine if there was foul play involved.

The couple had four children. They previously indicated that there were no signs of forced entry into the home and that they were not seeking any suspects.

"Barry, Honey, rest in peace".

Police have not released any names but the province's Health Minister Eric Hoskins, tweeted about the deaths writing "I am beyond words right now".

"Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care".

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".

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