"Yesterday we said goodbye to our fearless leader Doc David Hayman," the statement reads. "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."
As Hayman told Vice in 2014, he first took an interest in music supervision while attending film school, upon realizing "that music in film was reaching me far more than anything else."
"Whether it be music in The Sopranos or the use of Sia's 'Breathe Me' in the Six Feet Under finale, it was those moments that hit me in the gut the hardest," he explained. "There's so much baggage that a song brings and so much pop cultural beauty that it can bring to a scene and I just wanted to be a part of that."
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, while film credits include work on Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, Chet Baker film Born to Be Blue, and 2016's Giants of Africa, centred on Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri.
Hayman had also applied his sonic skill to advertisements from Telus, the Pan Am Games, the Canadian Football League and more. A personal bio also points to involvement as vice president of the Guild of Music Supervisors of Canada, and work as a part-time faculty member at Toronto's Humber College.
"I've always seen music and film as the same thing. I see music. I visualize everything I hear. I always have," Hayman explained to Vice. "Even when I was a kid, my friends used to make fun of me when I used to close my eyes at concerts. The audience just isn't as interesting to me as being in my own head, so as much as I think it's the need to fill a spot on film, it's more that I just see music. I see it as the soundtrack to my own life. I'll look at someone on the street and find his or her song. I love sound tracking moments for other people."
A GoFundMe campaign to help Hayman's family can be found here.
Canadian artists such as Shad, Sean Leon, Rose Cousins and Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace have joined Hayman's collaborators and contemporaries in sharing tributes, which you can find below.
RIP David Hayman. Always supported my work with passion and real opportunities over the years. My condolences to his family and friends 🙏🏿❤️— shadkmusic (@shadkmusic) May 20, 2020
David Hayman's sparkling heart was his super power. He got it cause he felt it. The ultimate artist advocate, he gave me many an opportunity to make something special incl this. Tough but real sentiment today. ❤️you David. Thank you. 💔@supergroupTO https://t.co/sEmHTYXLVg— Rose Cousins (@rosecousins) May 20, 2020
RIP David Hayman— sean leon (@seanleon) May 20, 2020
Really sad to hear about the sudden passing of David Hayman @supergroupTO . He was very generous, loved music, had great opinions and supported artists...always. Canadian music landscape will be forever changed with him gone. 🙏 up!— raineanthonymaida (@rainemaida) May 20, 2020
😔 RIP David Hayman 🖤 you opened many doors for me in Toronto, and your contribution to the culture will not be forgotten 🕊— Hopeless Romantic (@KayoGuevarra) May 20, 2020
Wow RIP David Hayman from @supergroupTO I had a chance to work with him as Jr Music Supervisor. One of the most knowledgeable & passionate people about everything music. He's responsible for so many artists getting shine on TV, film & commercials. I'm heartbroken for his family— vibe seeker p (@pavlevuj) May 20, 2020
I'm shocked and upset to hear about David Hayman's passing. Him & his team at @supergroupTO were the reason I was able to get my first sync license on My 90 Year Old Roommate (@M90YOR).— KINO (@KINOTheProducer) May 20, 2020
I hope he's at peace, thank you for being a bright light in the Toronto music industry. 😢
Today I learned about the passing of David Hayman, the founder of @supergroupTO. He was an absolute icon in Toronto music and supervision. I've known him for over a decade and he was always a great guy. Can't fucking believe it. RIP— Tom Hutch (@tomhutchmusic) May 20, 2020
My favourite David Hayman memory is when we went to LA to speak at a panel hosted by @JFulfordtheIII about commercial supervision. David only talked about TV shows and no one cared because it was DAVID FUCKING HAYMAN— Tom Hutch (@tomhutchmusic) May 20, 2020
I met David Hayman for the first time in March. He was such an advocate for artists and did music supervision that helped many local talents get sync placements. There are so many unknown heroes in this game, I just hope they get their flowers before it's too late.— Erin Ashley (@ellhah) May 20, 2020
Shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of David Hayman. His passion for music, and knowledge of the industry, was immense, and I'll miss his unbounded enthusiasm. A compassionate and generous titan gone way too soon. https://t.co/2kze0M7Vh5— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) May 20, 2020
R.I.P. David Hayman of @supergroupTO. One of the most supportive people I've met in the Canadian music world. He was always down to listen, a true music lover. Brought me onto things pretty much no one else would've considered me for. He was just a super real guy. He'll be missed— Cadence Weapon (@cadenceweapon) May 21, 2020
So sad to learn of the passing of our friend and music supervisor #DavidHayman, our industry has lost a real Troubadour of Canadian Talent. He was a big force with a big smile, and he gleefully championed the songs of our nation to the world. RIP David xo @SuperGroupTO https://t.co/I3ondZKf9e— Velma Barkwell (@VelmaBarkwell) May 21, 2020
Damn. Death is such a strange creature.— ጠንቋይ ነብይ (@WitchProphet) May 21, 2020
Rest In Peace David Hayman. Thank you for believing in and supporting my music.
shocked to hear of the passing of @wearethesupergroup David Hayman, who (for some reason) loved my music and shared it as far as he could. Forever grateful that someone like him went out on a limb to promote myself as well as tons of other great Canadian musicians. Thanks pic.twitter.com/YD3AqorDon— billy moon (@iambillymoon) May 21, 2020
We're shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of esteemed colleague David Hayman of @supergroupTO. We're honored to have known him. Many of us were privileged to have worked with such a talented and passionate fellow music supervisor. He will truly be missed. https://t.co/EFbdIKpDcV pic.twitter.com/clAPHX7LDm— Guild Of Music Supervisors (@guildofmusic) May 20, 2020
I was fortunate to work with David on projects including International Clash Day 2018 on @kexp and an article on his beloved Toronto. Shine on, David.— Ari Rosenschein (@arirosenschein) May 21, 2020
"A Canadian has to work 10 times as hard to get half of the attention. It's Toronto vs. everyone." -David Hayman https://t.co/lN1tOx6y5q
David Hayman was the champion we needed early on and was one of the brightest guiding lights in the industry for so many. Getting to catch up with him was always the highlight of any conference I attended. He'll be so missed 💔— ≋S o r r e y≋ (@emileesorrey) May 21, 2020
RIP David Hayman! 😢I Don't Even Know Where To Start. I Just Want To Say Thank You. You've Helped Countless Canadian Artists Place Their Music And Always Made Sure Canadian Hip Hop Got A Spotlight. You Got Me My First Placement In A Movie (Young People Fucking- Ride Clean) Almost 15 Years Ago. I Was A Baby But U Saw Potential In What Me And My Partners Were Building. We Recently Reconnected And I Played U "Back From The Dead" And Gave U A Red "Era" Hat. You Said "Era Nobody Ever Gives Me Anything." We Laughed. I Left. Then You Sent Me This Picture To Let Me Know U Were Rocking The Hat And It Wasn't Just Sitting On Ur Desk. I've Been Lucky Enough To Work With A Lot Of Amazing People In The Music Industry. You We're Easily One Of Them. Hard Working, Humble, And Just An Overall Great Human Being. You Weren't Really Big On Attention But I Hope You Get All Of Your Flowers Brother, You Will Be Missed. Rest In Paradise. 🙏🏿💯😢Condolences To David's Family. Travel Safely Big Dawg!