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'Oh my gosh, I'm going to miss this man': Remembering Chris Hyndman of Steven & Chris

TV personality Chris Hyndman died last night. The popular co-host of Steven & Chris is being remembered for his wit and warmth today. Frequent guest and friend Cher Jones was part of a segment called Chris' Angels, which she says showcased his talent.
Christopher Hyndman, co-host of the afternoon talk show Steven and Chris on CBC-TV, has died. (Steven and Chris/Facebook)

TV personality Chris Hyndman was bullied as a kid growing up in Newfoundland, just for being himself.

But his friend, Cher Jones tells As it Happens guest host Peter Armstrong, that the design and lifestyle expert became a popular television star by staying true to who he was.

"They are exactly who you see on air. Chris had this amazing energetic, dare I say ADHD. He was so hyperactive and amazing, so that joker you see on air, that encouraging self- deprecating humour at times. But in a good way."

Hyndman died last night. He was 49. Police say his body was found in an alley near his home in downtown Toronto. They are still investigating the cause of death.     

Chris Hyndman, of the television program Stephen and Chris, with his Great Dane, Maxi. (CBC/Instagram)

Jones, a social media and brand expert, was a frequent guest on the show, which has aired on CBC since 2008. She appeared in a segment called Chris' Angels, in which she and two colleagues tested products.

She says she first met Hyndman during her audition for the segment.  "The minute I got to meet him . . . I knew that I had to work with this man. It was just exciting," she says.

 She says their segments brought out the best in him. "This was Chris in his element . . . he got to experiment and to play and to just be himself."

Chris Hyndman poses with Cher Jones (in red), Joanne Alderson and Taylor Kaye, known as Chris' Angels. (CBC )

Hyndman hosted the show with his partner in life and in business, Steven Sabados.

Jones says they brought out the best in one another.

"Any couple who works together day in and day out, you would think they would get on each others nerves, but there was never any evidence of that. It wonderful to see them play to each others' strengths."

In the wake of Hyndman's death, CBC has removed the show from the schedule.

Jones says she will miss her friend, but believes he leaves behind a positive legacy.

"It was a big deal when they came out. They came out as a couple. They came out as a show. I know speaking with people in the gay community, I know how much their exposure, as far as just being a couple and doing what they do and being able to be who they are . . . that has been huge. While I can't say they pioneered -- they definitely pioneered this type of television. We'd never seen this before."     


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