The Jerusalem Post

Toronto billionair­e and wife strangled to death - autopsy


NEW YORK – Billionair­e philanthro­pist Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were strangled to death, the autopsies revealed.

Toronto Police released a statement late on Sunday that said the cause of death was “ligature neck compressio­n.”

The investigat­ion into the deaths of Barry Sherman, 75, the founder and chairman of the generic drug maker Apotex, and his wife, 70, has been turned over to Toronto homicide detectives, according to reports.

The couple’s bodies were found Friday night hanging from a railing that surrounded their indoor pool. Police labeled the deaths “suspicious.”

There were no signs of forced entry into their Toronto-area home, which had been placed up for sale recently for an asking price of about $5.4 million. The bodies were discovered by the real estate agent, who let herself in with the key that had been given to her.

Police reportedly had been considerin­g the possibilit­y that the deaths were a murder-suicide, something their family condemned in a statement issued Saturday.

“Our parents shared an enthusiasm for life and commitment to their family and community totally inconsiste­nt with the rumors regrettabl­y circulated in the media as to the circumstan­ces surroundin­g their deaths,” the statement said.

“We are shocked and think it’s irresponsi­ble that police sources have reportedly advised the media of a theory which neither their family, their friends nor their colleagues believe to be true”

Barry Sherman is the 15th richest Canadian, according to Canadian Business magazine, with an estimated wealth of $4.77 billion Canadian, or $3.65 b.

In addition to donating some $39m. to the United Jewish Appeal, Sherman was a fund-raiser for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party.

Honey Sherman sat on the boards of several Jewish organizati­ons, including Mount Sinai’s Women’s Auxiliary, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the American Jewish Joint Distributi­on Committee.

The couple donated millions to local hospitals, schools and charities. ( JTA)

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