Person of interest identified in murder of Canadian billionaire, wife

Person of interest identified in murder of Canadian billionaire, wife

Canadian authorities have identified a person of interest in the murder of billionaire pharmaceutical magnate Barry Sherman and his wife Honey — nearly three years after the couple was found strangled in their Toronto mansion.

Toronto Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu said Wednesday that a person of interest in the slaying had been identified, but not arrested, according to The Toronto Star.

Barry Sherman, who founded generic drugmaker Apotex Inc., and Honey, were discovered hanging by belts from a railing surrounding their indoor pool — in a semi-seated position on the pool deck, the outlet said.

Canadian officials originally believed the deaths had been a murder-suicide before private investigators hired by the Sherman family concluded it had been a double murder.

The family in 2018 set up its own tip line and offered a more than $7.5 million reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Sherman, 75, was estimated to be worth nearly $4 billion when he died, but had faced financial woes in his final years.

He was known in the country for being exceptionally litigious and was involved in more than 150 lawsuits at the time of his death.

But the couple was also known for their generous philanthropy, and their deaths rattled Canadian high society and the country’s Jewish community, according to the Star.

They had buildings named in their honor, and made numerous multi-million dollar donations to charities, hospitals and schools.

The pair hosted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a Liberal Party fundraiser in 2015, according to the report.