Canada pays tribute to billionaire couple after mysterious deaths

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:10 GMT, Dec 23, 2017 |

Thousands of Canadians attended a memorial service for Toronto pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife Honey Sherman on Thursday, less than a week after news of their mysterious deaths shocked the nation.

The service was attended by Canada’s elite, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed condolences after the unexpected news they had been found dead in their home.

Their son, Jonathan, told the crowd that the family was frustrated by the lack of information on an investigation by the Toronto homicide squad, and Canadian media reports that said police were working on the theory that Barry Sherman, 75, had killed his 70-year-old wife.

“We’ve had to navigate through a terrifying maze of non-information and unfounded speculation. This has been surreal,” Jonathan Sherman said before beginning an emotional tribute to his parents.

Barry Sherman, founder of generic pharmaceuticals company Apotex Inc, and his wife were found on Friday (December 15) by a real estate agent, hanging by belts around their necks from a railing beside a swimming pool in their home, a friend close to the family told Reuters.

Throngs of people filled most of a hall in a Toronto suburb with a capacity of 7,500. Many identified themselves as employees of Apotex by dressing in blue, the company’s corporate color.

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