Advertisement

Deaths of Apotex chairman Barry Sherman and wife Honey ‘appear suspicious’: Toronto police

Click to play video 'Toronto police treating 2 bodies found in home as ‘suspicious’' Toronto police treating 2 bodies found in home as ‘suspicious’
WATCH ABOVE: Toronto police say they found two bodies inside a home at 50 Old Colony Rd. in Toronto on Friday morning and are treating the deaths as "suspicious."

Toronto police say they’re treating the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman as suspicious.

Const. David Hopkinson said emergency crews were dispatched out as a medical call initially to the Sherman home, located on Old Colony Road near Bayview Avenue and Highway 401, just before 11:45 a.m. Friday. When crews arrived, they found the couple dead.

“The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,” he told reporters during an afternoon news conference.

READ MORE: Barry Sherman, Apotex founder, and wife Honey remembered as ‘wonderful human beings’

Police said in an update Friday evening they aren’t looking for an outstanding suspect and there was no signs of forced entry into the home.

A post-mortem examination has been scheduled for Saturday to determine if foul play was involved.

Story continues below advertisement

Multiple sources told Global News a realtor found the bodies at the home.

WATCH: Deaths of 2 people found in Toronto home of Apotex chairman Barry Sherman ‘appear suspicious’ police

Click to play video 'Deaths of 2 people found in Toronto home of Apotex chairman Barry Sherman ‘appear suspicious’ police' Deaths of 2 people found in Toronto home of Apotex chairman Barry Sherman ‘appear suspicious’ police
Deaths of 2 people found in Toronto home of Apotex chairman Barry Sherman ‘appear suspicious’ police

According to an archived copy of a report posted on Toronto Life’s website, it said the home belonged to Barry and Honey Sherman. A listing posted online said the home is on the market for just under $7 million.

Officers haven’t elaborated on the nature of the injuries and would not confirm the couple’s identities. However, a growing number of friends and colleagues are remembering the couple on social media.

“I am beyond words right now. My dear friends Barry and Honey Sherman have been found dead. Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care. A very, very sad day. Barry, Honey, rest in peace,” Dr. Eric Hoskins posted on Twitter Friday afternoon.

Story continues below advertisement

Canadian Senator Linda Frum tweeted she is “gutted” after hearing the Shermans died.

“Two weeks ago it gave me immense joy to present a Senate medal to one of the kindest and most beloved members of Canada’s Jewish community,” Frum wrote.

“Today I am gutted by the loss of Honey and Barry Sherman. Our community is steeped in grief. I am heartbroken.”

WATCH: Barry and Honey Sherman found dead at north-end Toronto home. Shallima Maharaj reports.

Click to play video 'Barry and Honey Sherman found dead at north-end Toronto home' Barry and Honey Sherman found dead at north-end Toronto home
Barry and Honey Sherman found dead at north-end Toronto home

Sherman is the founder of generic drug-maker Apotex. Canadian Business magazine recently listed him as the 15th richest person in Canada, with a net worth of $4.77 billion.

In a brief statement released Friday afternoon, Apotex called news of the deaths “tragic” and said “Barry and Honey Sherman have unexpectedly passed away.”

Story continues below advertisement

“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,” the statement said.

Sherman has also been an active philanthropist, including donating $50 million to the United Jewish Appeal. He had also become an active fundraiser for the Liberal party in recent years, but was criticized for holding a pay-for-access fundraiser in August 2015 that included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while being registered as a lobbyist.

Sherman’s wife, Honey, was a member of the board of the Baycrest Foundation and the York University Foundation. She also served on the boards of Mount Sinai’s Women’s Auxiliary, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the International American Joint Distribution Committee.

WATCH: Toronto police say public safety not at risk after 2 bodies found in North York home

Click to play video 'Toronto police say public safety not at risk after 2 bodies found in North York home' Toronto police say public safety not at risk after 2 bodies found in North York home
Toronto police say public safety not at risk after 2 bodies found in North York home

Anyone with information is being asked to call police at 416-808-3300.

Story continues below advertisement

With files from The Canadian Press and Catherine McDonald