Steven and Chris star passes away

Chris Hyndman, one half of CBC’s long-running lifestyle show Steven and Chris, has passed away at the age of 49.

“It is with profound sadness that we share the news Christopher Hyndman died early this morning. Chris was the co-host of CBC’s lifestyle show, Steven and Chris,” Chuck Thompson, head of CBC pubic affairs said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Steven, family, friends, colleagues and his many fans at this most difficult time; our thoughts are with them all.” Episodes of Steven and Chris have been pulled from CBC’s schedule.

Police confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Hyndman’s body was found late Monday night in an alleyway near the home he shared with Sabados; there is an ongoing police investigation.

A native of Newfoundland, Hyndman teamed with Steven Sabados over 15 years ago to form The Sabados Group Inc.; the group specializes in event planning, product launches and set design.

On Steven and Chris, the couple—along with expert guests—offered a unique take on decor, beauty, health care, relationships, food and parenting. CBC’s media site notes Steven and Chris airs in more than 40 million households in the United States. Sabados and Hyndman starred in HGTV’s Designer Guys, Design Rivals and So Chic with Steven and Chris.

Fans are leaving messages on the show’s Facebook page.