Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao died Wednesday at the age of 35 after collapsing on set of a Chinese reality show.
Chase Me is a show where teams compete against one another in a variety of obstacle courses. Producers said Gao collapsed while participating in a team event for the show and was rushed to the hospital, where he died.
Guest participant Godfrey suddenly collapsed to the ground while running. The programs on-site paramedics began lifesaving measures immediately and urgently transported him to the hospital, Chase Mes management team said in a statement. After two hours of all-out efforts to save him, the hospital [said] he had suffered a sudden cardiac death.
Gao is well-known internationally as a model and actor. Gao was the first Asian man to model for Louis Vuittons ad campaign. Hes also known for his role as in and for starring in the popular Chinese TV drama Remembering Lichuan.
Fans and friends are sharing their condolences on Twitter. Actor Remy Hii, who starred in Spider-Man: Far From Home, said Gaos death was a loss to us as a community as Asian artists.
I am beyond devastated to hear about the death of Godfrey Gao. This is a loss to us as a community as asian artists and its fair to say it will never be the same without him. https://t.co/h1TcYheJJl
— Remy Hii (@RemyHii) November 27, 2019
Chase Mes production company said everyone felt incomparable pain over Gaos death, and the company will help Gaos family with funeral arrangements, according to the BBC.