The autopsies that were performed on the bodies of Jewish billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, showed that they both died of strangulation. In light of the reports, the case was handed over to homicide detectives and is no longer considered a murder-suicide.

Removing the bodies from the house on Friday

Removing the bodies from the house on Friday Photo Credit: Reuters/Israel News Company

The Toronto Police Services stated earlier this week that the autopsy reports show that Jewish billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were strangled. “The cause of death for both deceased was ligature neck compression,” the Toronto Police Services said in a statement.

It was previously reported that their deaths were being investigated as a murder-suicide, a report that their family rejected. On Saturday afternoon, the couple’s four children released a statement. “Our parents shared an enthusiasm for life and commitment to their family and community totally inconsistent with the rumours regrettably circulated in the media as to the circumstances surrounding their deaths,” they said in the statement.

In light of the information obtained from the autopsies, the case has been handed over to the homicide division. The bodies were found on Friday at the couple’s home. Police officer David Hopkinson revealed at that time that “the circumstances of their death appear suspicious.” It was also reported that there was no sign of forced entry at the scene.

“Sophie and I are saddened by news of the sudden passing of Barry and Honey Sherman,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter. “Our condolences to their family & friends, and to everyone touched by their vision & spirit.” Barry Sherman was the CEO of Apotex, Canada’s largest pharmaceutical company.