Family of Toronto billionaires found dead funding probe

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Posted: Dec 28, 2017 3:46 PM

TORONTO (AP) — A prominent Toronto lawyer says the family of a billionaire philanthropist couple found dead in their home two weeks ago has hired a team of private forensic experts to investigate the deaths.

Sherman family representative Brian Greenspan said Thursday that private investigators will provide "a second lens" to the Toronto police investigation.

Seventy-five-year-old Barry Sherman was the founder of generic drugmaker Apotex. He and his 70-year-old wife Honey were found dead in their Toronto mansion on Dec. 15.

Police call the deaths suspicious and say both died of "ligature neck compression," but say there were no signs of forced entry.

Barry Sherman founded Toronto-based Apotex Inc. in 1974 with two employees and turned the generic drugmaker into a company that now has 11,000 employees worldwide.