Death of Apotex chairman and wife mystifies authorities

Jan. 25, 2018

Last December, the chairman and CEO of Apotex Inc., the largest generic drug manufacturer in Canada, was found dead alongside his wife.

Initially, unidentified police officials were quoted as saying that they suspected the case was a murder-suicide between Barry Sherman and his longtime wife, Honey. Family members dismissed the theory, however, saying it would be out of character for the couple known for their tight-knit relationship and philanthropy.

Earlier this week, the local police department in Toronto reported that they are treating the investigation as a homicide and believe there could have been multiple perpetrators involved.

There were no signs of forced entry and the couple was found hanging from a railing in their Toronto mansion. 

Comments made by Sherman in 2001 that someone might want to “knock him off” have made the case even more eerie.  

“The branded drug companies hate us. They have hired private investigators on us all the time,” he said. “For a thousand bucks paid to the right person you can probably get someone killed.” 

Sherman had also once been in a legal dispute with cousins who claimed they were forced out of Apotex.

Read the full Associated Press report.