Taiwanese-Canadian Model Godfrey Gao Dies After Collapsing on TV Show
Taiwanese-Canadian actor and supermodel Godfrey Gao, the first Asian to be the face of Louis Vuitton, died while filming a TV show in China on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old Gao collapsed in the eastern city of Ningbo while on the set of Chase Me, a competitive sports reality show in China’s Zhejiang Television.
A statement from the network said Gao had slowed and fallen to the ground while running during filming, and that the hospital had confirmed it was a sudden cardiac death.
His management company Jetstar Entertainment said in a statement posted on the Twitter-like Weibo platform that Gao had fainted and was declared dead after nearly three hours of medical care.
Gao starred in films from around the world including The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Legend of the Ancient Sword while being a mainstay in TV series in the Chinese world.
Photo credit: Facebook/Godfrey Gao