TORONTO – Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife have been found dead, Ontario’s health minister said Friday, calling the couple “wonderful human beings.”Barry Sherman is the founder of generic drug giant Apotex.“I am beyond words right now. My dear friends Barry and Honey Sherman have been found dead,” Eric Hoskins tweeted. “Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care. A very, very sad day.”Ontario’s minister of economic development has also tweeted about the deaths.“Deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman,” tweeted Brad Duguid. “Philanthropists and entrepreneurs who made our province a better place to live.”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.Toronto police said they were investigating two bodies found at a home in the city, but did not release the names of the deceased.Canadian Business magazine recently listed Barry Sherman as the 15th richest person in Canada, with a net worth of $4.77 billion.Apotex Corp. describes itself as the largest Canadian-owned manufacturer of prescription drugs. It is the U.S. subsidiary of Apotex Inc.
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