Chris Hyndman of the CBC home improvement and lifestyle show ‘Steven and Chris‘ has died. He was 49.
According to CBC, Hyndman’s body was found in an alley near Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. Monday.
There has been no word on how he died. Police continue to investigate the incident.
A message from our team: https://t.co/0AM7rWYdSX
— Steven and Chris (@stevenandchris) August 4, 2015
Hyndman was born in Ottawa and grew up in Paradise, Newfoundland.
He and co-host Steven Sabados have been a couple off camera for more than 25 years. The two met through mutual friends in 1988 and married in 2008.
They co-founded the design company the Sabados Group in 1992 and started appearing on CityLine.
Our sincerest condolences go out to the @stevenandchris family on the tragic loss of Chris. He goes back a long way on City, as does Steven.
— Cityline (@CitylineCA) August 4, 2015
Long-time friend Taylor Kaye, who appeared several times on the Steven and Chris show, said she was absolutely shocked to hear the news this morning.
“It was really shocking. There’s a close bunch of us and the first person I thought of was Steven and their family,” she said. “They were together for years and I’m thinking of Steven and Chris’s family and my heart just breaks. It just breaks right now.”
— Taylor Kaye (@Taylor_Kaye) August 4, 2015
Kaye said she and Hyndman bonded over their gift of gab and joked that when they worked out together they were often kicked out of class for their constant talking.
She said the reason audiences loved Hyndman was the reason everyone loved him, his energy and positive attitude.
“He was the life of the party. He made people feel so amazing. If you were in a bad mood, Chris was the one to get you in a better mood. He’d always make you laugh,” she said.
Before becoming a mainstay on Canadian television Hyndman worked in the makeup department at Citytv.
“In the years I knew him I never saw him unhappy,” CityNews anchor Gord Martineau recalled. “Always upbeat. His perennial good humour will be missed.”
CBC said it has pulled ‘Steven and Chris’ from the air and issued a statement expressing its deepest sympathies.
Chris Hyndman, co-star of #CBC‘s popular “Steven and Chris” show, has died. CBC expresses “deepest sympathies,” pulls show from air.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) August 4, 2015
On Saturday, a tweet was posted to the show’s Twitter page from Barbados.
— Steven and Chris (@stevenandchris) August 2, 2015
The CBC says it plans to set up a memorial area in the atrium of its Toronto broadcasting centre on Wednesday for anyone wishing to leave messages, mementos, or flowers to pay tribute to Chris Hyndman. In addition, the national broadcaster plans a celebration of his life at a later date.
Celebrities and fans of Hyndman took to Twitter to express their condolences.
So very sad to hear of the passing of Chris Hyndman. He was always laughing, always smiling. A great Newfoundland character.
— Rick Mercer (@rickmercer) August 4, 2015
Stunned by the death of #ChrisHyndman. A gentle, decent man whose class made him an ambassador for Cdn TV & many other worthwhile causes.
— Ed the Sock (@EdtheSock) August 4, 2015
Thoughts and prayers going out to @stevenandchris after hearing of Chris Hyndman's death. He was such a warm and kind soul.
— Dina Pugliese (@DinaPugliese) August 4, 2015
I'm heartbroken to hear that Chris Hyndman has died. Just a joy to be around & such a kind soul. You will be missed. Rest in peace my friend
— Jonathan Scott (@MrSilverScott) August 4, 2015
— Yannick Bisson (@yannick_bisson) August 4, 2015
Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy for a CBC family member. My deepest condolences go to Chris Hyndman’s loved ones.
— Jim Treliving (@JTreliving) August 4, 2015
— Erin Davis CHFI (@CHFIErin) August 4, 2015
So upset to hear of loss of Chris Hyndman. I always enjoyed being on the show because of the fab energy of Steven and Chris #RestInPeace
— Sandra Rinomato (@SandraRinomato) August 4, 2015
Saddened by the news of Chris Hyndman's death. My condolences to his friends and family. https://t.co/8MEPjDQ5WI
— Olivia Chow (@oliviachow) August 4, 2015
My profound condolences to friends & family of Chris Hyndman from the @stevenandchris show. He will be missed by many Canadians. –TM
— Tom Mulcair (@ThomasMulcair) August 4, 2015
So sad to hear of Chris Hyndman's passing. @stevenandchris were the 1st gay couple I saw on TV and they let me know it was OK to be yourself
— Cody Patton (@CodyJPatton) August 4, 2015