Friends and family of Canadian television personality Chris Hyndman believe he accidentally plunged to his death Monday night while sleepwalking.
Hyndman was found with no vital signs in an alleyway in Toronto. Hyndman and his husband, Steven Sabados, co-host CBC s lifestyle daytime TV show Steven and Chris together. They lived together in a posh penthouse apartment overlooking the alley where his body was discovered.
Authorities have not yet confirmed a cause of death or spoken out about what happened to the 49-year-old personality. But Toronto Police Constable Victor Kwong tells PEOPLE that foul play is not suspected.
Kwong added that the investigation is ongoing: “Investigators are still speaking to people and following leads and the detectives are still working on it. We won’t conclude it until we get a coroner’s report back.”
Friends and family say Hyndman may have fallen to his death while sleepwalking on the terrace of his 6th floor apartment. Hyndman’s mother, Glenda Hyndman, told the Toronto Star that Hyndman was a sleepwalker and that his death was “an unfortunate accident.”
Family friend Glady Bell tells PEOPLE that husband Steven “would find him sitting at the kitchen table eating and he would be sound asleep.”
“A lot of people thought foul play but that was not it,” Bell says. “Hopefully this will bring some awareness to other people that know they have this disorder and take precautions. Who would have thought that would have happened? It is dangerous and scary, and obviously bad accidents can happen.”
Hyndman’s grandfather, Cliff Aikens, tells PEOPLE, “His mother knew that he was a chronic sleepwalker and that was her first thought. No drugs or no alcohol were involved.”
Bell says Hyndman was a kind man who always had a smile on his face.
“If you were in a bad mood and something was worrying you, all you had to do was spend five minutes with Chris,” she says. “I am not a person to give people a hug, and Christopher found it out, and he would get up and come over and hug me and not let me go. His hugs really meant something.”
Hyndman, known for his zany sense of humor on Steven and Chris, was a real life klutz, jokes Bell. “It was Steven who did all the cooking at home because Chris was a klutz. No matter what he touched it would go ‘kafooey’.”
Steven and Chris was one of many projects the couple worked on together. Other projects included a home d cor line featuring furniture, textiles, decorative accessories and area rugs.
After founding a design company, The Sabados Group, and starring in three HGTV series the couple launched their daily lifestyle show Steven and Chris.
The pair’s website states that their television shows have aired in more than 80 countries. Their design work was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
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