Canadian police were investigating the mysterious deaths of Barry Sherman, the billionaire philanthropist and founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex, and his wife, Honey, who were found slain in their Toronto mansion on Friday.
The two were found dead after police responded to a medical call just before noon at their home in an affluent section of northeast Toronto.
“The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,” said Constable David Hopkinson. There were no signs of forced entry.
Two bodies covered in blankets were removed from the home and loaded into an unmarked van on Friday evening. The property is listed for sale for nearly $5.4 million.
Sherman, 75, founded privately held Apotex in 1974. Forbes has estimated his net worth at $3.2 billion.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said in statement that he was “shocked and heartbroken” to learn of the deaths.
“I hope that investigation will be able to provide answers for all of us who are mourning this tremendous loss,” he said.
“I am beyond words right now,” Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins said in a tweet. “Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care. A very, very sad day.”
The couple were known as generous donors to Toronto Jewish organizations.