Investigators are awaiting the results of autopsies performed on Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife before determining the next steps in the ongoing probe into their suspicious deaths.
The police had been called to the property just before noon, apparently in response to a medical complaint.
"Until we know exactly how they died we treat it as suspicious and once a determination has been made with the pathologist and the coroner then we move forward from there", Const. David Hopkinson told reporters on Friday evening.
Apotex said in a statement: "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". Forbes has estimated his net worth at $3.2 billion. When the real estate agent in charge of the sale was preparing the home to hold an open house, she discovered the bodies of the couple in the home's basement, reported a local paper. Although Sherman stepped down as the CEO of the company, he continued to serve as the chairman.
Mr. Sherman was 75 and Ms. Sherman, 70.
In a statement, Mayor Tory said he was "shocked and heartbroken" to learn of the deaths, and noted the couple's generous contributions to the city.
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If the autopsies indicate that a homicide has occurred, the police's homicide squad will take over the investigation and detectives will talk to family members before they update the public, he said. That's where police say two people were found dead.
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".
The couple was known for their philanthropy, giving tens of millions of dollars to hospitals, universities and Jewish organizations, CBC reported. Incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter that he and his wife Sophie "are saddened by news of the sudden passing of Barry and Honey Sherman".
"Toronto Police are investigating, and I hope that investigation will be able to provide answers for all of us who are mourning this tremendous loss", Mr.