Model-Actor Godfrey Gao Confirmed Dead After Collapsing During Reality TV Shoot in China

Model-Actor Godfrey Gao Confirmed Dead After Collapsing During Reality TV Shoot in China

26 Nov 2019 (PT)
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Gao starred in 'Mortal Instruments' and was the first Asian model featured by Louis Vuitton in a global campaign. He had been shooting a segment for Zhejiang Television's hit show 'Chase Me' when he suddenly fell to the ground unconscious.

Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao, whose star was on the rise in mainland China, died early Wednesday after collapsing during the filming of a popular reality TV show in southeastern China. He was 35.

Gao had been shooting a segment as a guest contestant on Zhejiang Television's hit show Chase Me in the southeastern Chinese city of Ningbo.  Chase Me's format involves two teams taking part in physical contests in urban areas after midnight. The show is famous for being physically demanding, requiring its celebrity contestants to exert themselves almost constantly during filming.

According to a statement released by Zhejiang Television, Gao suddenly slowed down during a running challenge and fell to the ground unconscious. "The on-site medical staff started treatment immediately and transported him to a hospital," the statement said. "Unfortunately, after two hours of rescue treatment, the hospital pronounced him dead of sudden cardiac arrest."

Gao was born in Taipei, Taiwan, but later moved to Vancouver, Canada during his youth. After finishing college in Vancouver, Gan returned to Taiwan and found fast success as a model. In 2011, he famously became the world's first Asian model to appear in a global campaign for Louis Vuitton. He soon transitioned to acting, appearing a in a spate of Taiwanese TV dramas and films, and later made his Hollywood debut in 2013 as Magnus Bane in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

In 2016, Gao appeared in the Chinese romantic drama Remembering Lichuan, which became a nationwide sensation with young Chinese viewers and made him a major start in the country.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

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