Actor Godfrey Gao Dies At 35 After Collapsing On Set While Filming Game Show
Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao has died after suffering an apparent heart attack while filming the Chinese game show 'Chase Me'. He was 35.
According to reports, Gao had been filming the competitive reality show in China -- which involves two teams racing to complete physical challenges -- when he suddenly collapsed on set.
According to China’s Tencent News, an audience member heard Gao shout "I can’t keep going" as he slowed down in the running challenge collapsing, after which a cameraman reportedly zoomed in for a closeup and continued filming, believing the had simply fallen.
According to a statement from Gao's management team, responders spent three hours trying to revive the star, but unfortunately, he was unable to be saved.
“In the early hours of November 27, our beloved Godfrey collapsed while filming on set," the statement began.
"Unfortunately following three hours of medical rescue efforts, he left us. We are very shocked and saddened and even until now find it impossible to accept,” they continued.
“Thank you media friends and every fan of Godfrey’s for their concern. His management and team were present and his family were urgently rushed to the location."
“Please respect Godfrey’s family in this time of sorrow and refrain from disturbing them. We will accompany Godfrey’s family to handle discreet funeral arrangements. Thank you, everyone,” they concluded.
It was later revealed in a statement that Gao had suffered an apparent heart attack, leading to cardiogenic shock.
“The show’s medical staff began rescue efforts right away, and then rushed him to the hospital,” a statement from the show said.
“After more than two hours of effort, the hospital announced that Gao died suddenly of cardiogenic shock. For this, we feel incomparable pain and extreme sorrow.”
Fans have since flocked to social media to pay their respects to the actor and model, with some raising concerns over the safety precautions taken while filming 'Chase Me', saying that competitors are put through extremely gruelling physical activities over an extended period of time.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time.