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    Default Christopher Hyndman, co-host of CBC's Steven and Chris, dead at 49

    Christopher Hyndman, co-host of the CBC-TV afternoon lifestyles show Steven and Chris, was found dead in Toronto's east end Monday night, police confirm.

    "It is with profound sadness that we share the news Christopher Hyndman died," said the public broadcaster in a memo distributed to staff Tuesday afternoon.

    "We extend our deepest sympathies to Steven [Sabados], family, friends and colleagues; our thoughts are with them all."

    Toronto police told CBC News on Tuesday that Hyndman, 49, was found without vital signs in a laneway near the intersection of Queen Street and Broadview Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. ET Monday.

    CBC arts reporter Eli Glasner said the location was near the apartment where Hyndman lived with Sabados, his off-screen partner and television co-host.

    Toronto police Const. Caroline de Kloet said Tuesday afternoon that "out of privacy the Toronto police will not discuss any matter unless there's a criminal element pertaining to a specific person."

    Det. Terry Wray said earlier the investigation remains "completely open." He added that police would not comment further until completing interviews.

    The Newfoundland-raised Hyndman joined the Sabados Group design company in 1992. He and Sabados went on to notable success with several programs before appearing on CBC-TV, including the HGTV shows Chic with Steven and Chris, Design Rivals and Designer Guys.

    Steven and Chris was launched on CBC-TV in 2008.

    The two were known for their chemistry and cheeky banter.

    Hyndman often played the joker, while the more straitlaced Sabados played up his calm and pragmatic demeanour.

    Jennifer Dettman, CBC's executive director, studio and unscripted programming, said those who contributed to the show are reeling from the news of Hyndman's death.

    "I think about the loss for Steven, that his partner for 25 years is gone and that our friend is gone. And certainly for the CBC, he will leave a hole. He really touched so many Canadians across this country. We saw the emails day in and day out of what he meant to them."

    According to the pair's website, their various television programs have aired in more than 80 countries worldwide and their design work has been featured by Oprah Winfrey.

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    Damn, this is really sad. I adored him; he and Steven were awesome, hilarious and so sweet together, and I always loved everything I saw them in.
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    ^^^ You must be Canadian! Very sad to hear this news, he and his partner were real pioneers in design television and Canadian broadcasting. It is suspected he jumped as the alley is directly below his balcony. He was always SO upbeat and happy, maybe overcompensating like Robin Williams? He and Steven have very recent pics of their trip to Barbados on IG and FB.

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    Such a big shock! When I heard he'd been found in an alley, I thought OD.
    the CBC can't catch a break can they?

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    Rest in Peace Christopher Hyndman.


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    Initially, I was, who? And then it hit me, Chris and Steve! I watch this show in the U.S. on the Live Well Network...RIP.

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    Chris and Steve! I watch this show in the U.S. on the Live Well Network
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    They've gotten THAT popular??!!! :O
    Wow. Have I ever been out of the loop since I quit cable years ago.
    I remember them back in 03, Designer Guys.

    Rip ...

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    I'm Canadian and I've never heard of them. I don't really watch tv much, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrowFilla View Post
    ^^^ You must be Canadian! Very sad to hear this news, he and his partner were real pioneers in design television and Canadian broadcasting. It is suspected he jumped as the alley is directly below his balcony. He was always SO upbeat and happy, maybe overcompensating like Robin Williams? He and Steven have very recent pics of their trip to Barbados on IG and FB.
    They have been around for years and I always loved them. So full of life and fun. I was really shocked and saddened to read of his death. I haven't heard any reason given for his death as of yet, but I see you have. Is there anything more you may have heard recently?

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    I feel like such an idiot. I never knew they were married. *facepalms
    From what I read, they met back in the 80's.
    Steven must be crushed.

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    The "alleyway" where he was found just happens to be directly beneath his condo's balcony. Lots of pictures of police beside the body (covered) shining flashlights upward toward the balconies. Given that police aren't involved and his family isn't contradicting the rumours (ie it could be a heart attack? aneurysm?), it's sort of telling. I am assuming here, of course, but with the photos it seems safe. Poor guy, mental illness is just a bitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrowFilla View Post
    it's sort of telling.
    Telling of not completing an autopsy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrowFilla View Post
    The "alleyway" where he was found just happens to be directly beneath his condo's balcony. Lots of pictures of police beside the body (covered) shining flashlights upward toward the balconies. Given that police aren't involved and his family isn't contradicting the rumours (ie it could be a heart attack? aneurysm?), it's sort of telling. I am assuming here, of course, but with the photos it seems safe. Poor guy, mental illness is just a bitch.
    I certainly hope you are wrong but I can see why people are thinking this way. Thanks, BrowFilla.

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    Chris Hyndman's mother believes he died sleepwalking

    Glenda Hyndman told the Star Wednesday that the TV personality was a chronic sleepwalker





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    The grieving mother of television personality Chris Hyndman believes her only child fell to his death while sleepwalking on the terrace of his penthouse apartment.

    In an emotional phone interview from Moose Jaw, Sask., Glenda Hyndman said her son died in an “unfortunate accident.”

    Toronto Police spokesperson Meaghan Gray wouldn’t confirm this, and said the investigation is still open. Police do not suspect anything suspicious or criminal.

    “Christopher was a sleepwalker, and he did that a lot. He even ate in his sleep,” Glenda Hyndman said of her son, who co-hosted the CBC’s popular daytime TV show Steven and Chris. “It’s not good, but that’s his reality.

    “He was the most incredible human being and best son you could ever have. I think his light was so bright it just ... it just burned out.”


    Toronto police say the co-host of Canadian TV show 'Steven and Chris' was found dead in an alley near his home.



    Hyndman’s body was found in an alleyway just south of Queen St. E. and Broadview Ave. shortly after 11 p.m. Monday. He was discovered below the sixth-floor unit he shared with his onscreen partner and spouse, Steven Sabados.

    Glenda said that Hyndman and Sabados went to bed Monday night, and then Sabados was awakened when police knocked on his door to tell him what happened.


    “He’s really, really, really struggling,” she said of Sabados. “I’m going up there (to Toronto), and I’m going to stay as long as I need to help him, because I’m his only little piece of Christopher left.”

    While mourning fans gathered Wednesday at a memorial for Hyndman at the CBC building on Front St., a cluster of flowers and tea candles was placed on the sidewalk near where his body was found. Passersby knelt at the flowers and gazed up the side of the brick building where Hyndman lived with Sabados. A glass jar on the ground contained a small note, written in swirling purple cursive: “Love, Laughter, Life.” Someone had also written, “Chris, Never Forgotten” on a sand-coloured envelope propped against a small pot of red roses.

    The outpouring of public grief and praise for the TV host has been wonderful, Glenda said, adding that she’s grateful to share the loss with so many caring supporters. She said she hopes Hyndman is remembered as a man of boundless positivity.

    “They had a lot of stress, pressure, you know, but they had laughter,” Glenda said of her son’s life with Sabados, his partner of more than two decades. “Christopher said it was always the laughter that got them through every situation and it was the laughter that Christopher tried to give to as many people as possible.”

    The playfulness and vibrancy he showed on-camera carried over into his personal life, she said. The 49-year-old inherited his sense of humour from the happy jokes traded in the Newfoundland town of Paradise, where Hyndman grew up, said Glenda. She added that, like herself, Hyndman was “very clumsy” and didn’t ever take to cooking or doing laundry.

    “We always say he replaced me with Steven,” she laughed. “They just had a very real and beautiful relationship.”

    But there was another side to her son that Glenda said was less obvious because of his onscreen energy. He was also introspective and profoundly considerate, she said. “He used to go in early to his dressing room so he could have his essential oils and his meditation music, and he would just get himself centred and ready for his very lively show.”

    Glenda said her son was never a restful sleeper. Living with Sabados, he would even “forage” for food in his sleep, she said. “He was caught by Steven many times eating in his sleep, absolutely … I don’t know if he ever got a restful, solid sleep.”

    In 2008, Hyndman told the Star that his medicine cabinet features many items to help him sleep. “I’m obsessed with scented candles ... I have soothing, deep-breathing CDs, earplugs, natural Gravol, Tylenol PM and NyQuil every now and then,” he said at the time.

    Hyndman’s mother said plans for a funeral have not been finalized.

    “He shouldn’t have gone so soon, but he’s gone and we have to accept that and get past it,” she said. “He was my only baby.”

    source: Chris Hyndman's mother believes he died sleepwalking | Toronto Star

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    A message from Steven Sabados:

    I wanted to write and send a sincere thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered love, support, and words of encouragement over these past few weeks.

    As you can imagine, this has been an incredibly difficult time and I truly appreciate the compassion you've so generously offered.

    Some of the best times in my life have been at the CBC — creating an incredible show with Christopher by my side and a fantastic team behind the scenes. That being said, it's impossible for me to even imagine continuing the show without him. The CBC understands and supports my decision 100 per cent and I hope you can as well.

    To all of you who shared our fabulous journey over the last eight years, as Christopher would say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

    Love, Steven
    He sounds completely heartbroken.
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    My daughter is a chronic sleepwalker. It can be frightening at times. I thought she would grow out of it as you don't hear about adults doing it that often.

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