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Billionaire philanthropist and wife found dead in mansion in ‘suspicious’ circumstances

Barry Sherman was among the richest men in the world

Canadian billionaire Bernard “Barry” Sherman and his were found dead in their Toronto mansion on Friday, and police are calling the deaths suspicious.

The New York Post reports that Sherman and his wife Honey, high-profile philanthropists, were found dead of an undisclosed cause. Police are not yet classifying the deaths as homicide as they investigation continues.

“The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,” Constable David Hopkinson reportedly said in a press conference outside the home on Friday night.

He said that detectives were “inside investigating and taking apart the scene.”

Sherman founded the drug manufacturer Apotex in 1974, which became Canada’s largest pharmaceutical company. He remained the chairman of Apotex until his death.

According to Fortune magazine, Sherman was worth $3.2 billion at the time of his death, making him the 12th richest person in Canada.

Sherman and his wife were known to be generous philanthropists.

“I am beyond words right now,” Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins said on Twitter in response to their deaths, calling the Shermans “dear friends.”

“Incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care. A very, very sad day.”

The circumstances of the deaths remain a mystery. Hopkinson said in the news conference that police were called to the home just outside of Toronto in response to a “medical complaint.”

CrimeOnline will update this story when more information becomes available.