Canadians from coast to coast are remembering Chris Hyndman today, thinking about everything from the joy he brought on set to what he meant for lifestyle television.
The co-host of CBC's "Steven & Chris" was found dead in a Toronto alleyway on Monday. Hyndman, who was 49, shared the show with his longtime partner Steven Sabados.
In the last two days, co-workers and fans have been sharing some of Hyndman's most memorable moments, including how he inspired others to get into design and his smile that seemed contagious. He was born in Ottawa and grew up in Newfoundland, and was particularly beloved by his eastern province.
A memorial has been set up in the atrium of CBC's downtown Toronto building, where people are welcome to leave messages or flowers. The broadcasting company is also planning a celebration of his life on a later date.
Tribute to Chris Hyndman in CBC Atrium pic.twitter.com/aUFyy8pTlr— Michael Bolen (@MichaelBolen) August 5, 2015
Below, we rounded up some of the most memorable tweets from Canadians who are mourning this huge loss. The comments on our stories and social media pages show he made an impact on so many around the world. RIP Chris.
I am so saddened to hear about Chris Hyndman -He was an intelligent-funny-talented man and I will miss his great laugh and joy for life— jann arden (@jannarden) August 4, 2015
So very sad to hear of the passing of Chris Hyndman. He was always laughing, always smiling. A great Newfoundland character.— Rick Mercer (@rickmercer) August 4, 2015
So very sad to hear of Chris Hyndman's death. A great and talented man. Deepest condolences to Steve. Heartbreaking. http://t.co/WhxNnBz4aq— Lisa LaFlamme (@LisaLaFlammeCTV) August 4, 2015
Just hearing that Chris Hyndman, from CBC’s ‘Steven & Chris’ has passed away. I’m stunned and sad. He was such a great, fun guy.— Brent Butt (@BrentButt) August 4, 2015
Incredibly sad to hear that Chris Hyndman has passed away. He was a friend and a man who lived his life so fully and with such joy. RIP.— Arlene Dickinson (@ArleneDickinson) August 4, 2015
Chris Hyndman was a true Canadina original. It wasn't long ago that the notion of a gay couple having several TV shows was inconceivable.— Mike Sloan (@mikelondoncan) August 4, 2015
Devastating news about the loss of @stevenandchris' Chris Hyndman. My condolences go out to his family and friends.— Tracy Moore (@tracycityline) August 4, 2015
You don't have to like reality TV to appreciate the importance of Steven and Chris.— Stuart Henderson (@henderstu) August 4, 2015
I will remember Chris Hyndman for his smile, laugh, &cheekiness. I would shift from -ve thinking to +ve thinking, added fabulous to my day!— David Sider (@David_Sider) August 5, 2015
The passing of Chris Hyndman is very saddening . An amazing personality and person, you will be missed by myself and many #RIPChrisHyndman— Joseph Sena (@JoeSena13) August 5, 2015
So sad to hear of Chris Hyndman's passing. @stevenandchris were the 1st gay couple I saw on TV and they let me know it was OK to be yourself— Cody Patton (@CodyJPatton) August 4, 2015
Chris Hyndman was half of the reason that inspired me to get into design. Going to miss your surprise visits in the @R_AllenDesign T.O Shrm.— julia elliott (@juleselliott) August 5, 2015
I've been quite sad today because of the passing of Chris Hyndman. He seemed such a bright light, a warm soul. Rest in peace. We'll miss you— Linda (@sophistikitten) August 5, 2015
RIP Chris Hyndman. You were such a beautiful soul. I will miss your laughter and love for life and everyone around you. @stevenandchris— Melanie Brown (@nashvilledream) August 4, 2015
I'm heartbroken to hear that Chris Hyndman has died. Just a joy to be around & such a kind soul. You will be missed. Rest in peace my friend— Jonathan Scott (@MrSilverScott) August 4, 2015