Lifestyle host Chris Hyndman’s mother says she believes he fell to his death while sleepwalking on the terrace of his penthouse apartment in Toronto.
Glenda Hyndman told the Toronto Star that her son was a sleepwalker, who would even eat in his sleep.
Hyndman, 49 , was found without vital signs late Monday in an alleyway just east of Toronto’s downtown core.
Toronto Police are not confirming the details but do not suspect anything suspicious or criminal.
Hyndman starred on the daily CBC lifestyle series “Steven and Chris” alongside partner Steven Sabados.
Glenda told the Toronto Star that Sabados went to bed on Monday night before he was awakened by police knocking on his door.
The CBC has set up a book of condolences in the lobby of its Toronto headquarters for fans to pay their respects. A memorial has been set up in CBC’s atrium.
Hyndman’s sudden passing drew condolences from famous colleagues across the industry, including good friend and fashion journalist Jeanne Beker who called Hyndman one of her closest friends.
“I was so extremely depressed, and he would come over to my house every night after the gym in his little baseball cap and a pizza under his arm and we’d sit there and he’d tell me how I had to go on living for my kids, for my girls who were just eight and 10 at the time. And he was just like my best friend, my closest confidant, certainly my closest guy friend.”
Along with Sabados, Hyndman brought everyday style to Canadians in a number of series, including their HGTV shows “Designer Guys” and “Design Rivals” and the makeover program “So Chic with Steven and Chris” on Slice.
The duo played up an odd couple persona that proved to be a winning formula — Hyndman as the joker, with the more straitlaced Sabados providing a more pragmatic eye.
Glenda tells the Toronto Star that funeral plans have not been finalized.
-with files from the Toronto Star
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