A 35-year-old actor and model died early Wednesday after collapsing during filming of a reality show. According to media reports, Godfrey Gao, who is Taiwanese-Canadian, died on the set of the Chinese reality show “Chase Me.”
According to some reports, Gao suffered a heart attack.
CNN reports that he was rushed to a hospital, where he died about three hours later.
His agency, JetStar Entertainment, confirmed his death in a statement, saying: “We are shocked and saddened” by the incident, and adding that representatives were “always directly by his side, whilst his family is rushing to the scene.”
CNN adds: “In a statement, the producers of Zhejiang Television show ‘Chase Me’ — which pits celebrities against regular contestants in a variety of physical challenges — said Gao, who also went by the name Gao Yixiang, ‘suddenly fell down to the ground while running, medical staff treated him on the spot, he was then rushed to hospital for treatment.'”
CNN also reports: “Born in Taiwan, Gao achieved success in Greater China and beyond. He was the first Asian man to model for fashion brand Louis Vuitton and starred alongside Lena Headey and Lily Collins in the 2013 film ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.’ Gao also appeared in numerous Chinese-language TV shows and the 2019 sci-fi epic ‘Shanghai Fortress,’ according to his IMDb page.”