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RIP: Music Supervisor David Hayman

David Hayman, a noted Canadian music supervisor, died May 19 at age 42. The cause of death was heart failure, Billboard reports.

As founder and creative director of Supergroup Sonic Branding and vice president of the Guild of Music Supervisors Canada (GMSC), he worked closely with managers, artists, publishers and the film, TV and advertising industries, many of whom took to social media this week to express their sorrow.

A statement from Supergroup Sonic Branding on May 20 reads: "Yesterday we said goodbye to our fearless leader Doc David Hayman. When he created the Supergroup, he created a family based on passion, curiosity, authenticity and a pinch of crazy. An incredible talent with an even bigger heart, David leaves behind not only an impressive legacy of work but also leaves his mark on the people of the film and music industry. Thank you all for your continued support. Follow your passions, keep it authentic and please be kind to one another.”

In his career of over 15 years, Hayman's Canadian television credits include music supervision for shows including Utopia Falls, Letterkenny, Schitt's Creek, Kim's Convenience, and Nirvanna the Band the Show. Film credits include work on Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, the Chet Baker biopic Born to Be Blue, and 2016's Giants of Africa, centred on Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri.

Prominent Canadian musicians posting Facebook tributes included Shad, Raine Maida, Jerry Leger, and Sean Leon.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support his family and has quickly reached more than half of its $100K goal. Sources: Billboard, Exclaim, Deadline

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