TORONTO – Chris Hyndman, co-host of CBC-TV’s lifestyle series “Steven and Chris,” has died.
The CBC reported that Hyndman, 49, was found without vital signs after 11 p.m. on Monday in an alleyway near Toronto’s Queen and Broadview streets.
A Toronto Police spokesperson would not confirm the report, citing privacy concerns.
A CBC spokesman confirmed earlier Tuesday that Hyndman had died.
No other details were immediately released.
Hyndman co-starred with off-screen partner Steven Sabados on the daily series, one of several projects that featured the couple’s chemistry and affectionate rapport.
Hyndman often played the joker, while the more straitlaced Sabados played up a calm and pragmatic demeanour.
Together, their lengthy credits included HGTV’s “Designer Guys,” “Design Rivals” and the makeover program “So Chic with Steven and Chris.”
In 2007, they launched their own line of furniture, textiles, decorative accessories and area rugs.
They launched their own talk show in January 2008, focusing on home decor, entertaining and fashion.
“Designer Guys” creator and executive producer Mary Darling described the duo as “two wings of a bird.”
“What made the pair, I would say, is the fact that their love and respect for each other was something that was actually able to come through the screen,” said Darling, reached Tuesday in Fairbanks, Alaska.
“So when they disagreed on some way about some design, it was always respectful, there was nothing catty about it.”
Darling credited their charming banter with helping to usher in a wave of other similarly cast design shows, in which an odd couple pair of hosts hashed out design ideas.
“From a design show aspect it just broke all the boundaries when we did ‘Designer Guys.’ It was a completely new thing on the scene,” she said.
“They’re the perfect complement…. Steven was very grounded and knew what he thought and Chris presented all kinds of options around him.”