The Toronto police homicide unit has begun investigation into the deaths of billionaire couple Barry Sherman, 75, and his wife, Honey, 70, whose bodies were found by the indoor pool in their North York home on Friday.
Police initially said they were not looking for suspects as there were no signs of forced entry. Instead, they were examining the possibility of a murder-suicide as cause of death. However, postmortem examination conducted this weekend showed that the couple were strangled to death.
While rejecting the murder-suicide theory, friends and family of Barry, founder of generic drug giant Apotex, said he had a zest for life and he loved his wife.
Senator Linda Frum, a long-time friend of the couple, said she was absolutely sure it was a double homicide. Barry would never harm Honey as he adored her and he was a gentleman, Linda said.
The Sherman family was shocked by reports of the murder-suicide angle and they wanted a thorough investigation of the case.
Barry’s colleagues at Apotex too objected to such reports floating around.
The couple was planning a vacation near Miami Beach, Florida where they owned a home. In fact, Honey was set to leave on Monday and she had sent email to friends informing them about their impending arrival.
Barry donated to charities and he was a supporter of the Liberal party led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau was among many prominent Canadians who expressed sorrow over the Shermans’ deaths.
“Sophie (Grégoire Trudeau) and I are saddened by news of the sudden passing of Barry and Honey Sherman,” Trudeau wrote on Twitter. “Our condolences to their family & friends, and to everyone touched by their vision & spirit.”
The Shermans were planning to sell their North York home for $6.9 million. The couple’s real estate agent, who had been helping to sell it, found their bodies near the pool. He told police he entered the home as his calls went unanswered.