Canada is mourning the loss of Steven and Chris co-host Christopher Hyndman, who died suddenly yesterday. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) popular lifestyle show starred the bubbly 49-year-old and his off-screen partner, Steven Sabados.
"It is with profound sadness that we share the news Christopher Hyndman died early this morning," the public broadcaster announced Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 4). "We extend our deepest sympathies to Steven, family, friends and colleagues; our thoughts are with them all." The sentiment was also shared on the Steven and Chris Facebook page, which has already garnered thousands of grief-stricken comments.
The beloved partners in life and career were together for 25 years, anchoring their namesake series for eight seasons after building a name on shows like Designer Guys, So Chic and Design Rivals. Back when Steven and Chris premiered in 2008, Hello! chatted with the couple, who opened up about their then-two-decades-long relationship - which was still a surprise to some fans. "I was the first person to say [Steven] should have his own show," said Chris. "Steven is a workaholic and I know if I don't work with him, I'll never see him." Of Chris, Steven said, "His zest for life is inspiring and infectious." The two often played off each other, with Steven taking the straight-laced road while his partner got the laughs.
The pair got their start with the 1992 launch of their design company, The Sabados Group. Just days before Chris's death was announced, the couple shared a photo from sunny Barbados with their 62,000 Facebook followers.
"I was a bit of a class clown so I always had a personality," Chris recently told Hello! of his school days. "Falling in love with yourself is really not an easy thing to do and, over the years, Steven and I have learned to like ourselves, through the show, being together and accepting and not wanting to change something."
The CBC has revealed that Chris's body was found near Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue in an alley on Monday night (Aug. 3). No cause of death has been released and Steven and Chris has been pulled from the broadcaster's schedule indefinitely.