Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao died on the set of a competitive sports reality show in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China on November 27, 2019. He was 35.
Titled “Chase Me,” the night time variety show was for Zhejiang Television, a television channel under Zhejiang Radio and Television Group serving China’s Hangzhou City and Zhejiang. It involves filming at night as contestants race through obstacles.
The 10th episode of the show featured Gao as a guest and as part of the episode, he had been running when he fell to the ground. Cameramen swarmed around him and kept filming as they thought it was part of the show.
CPR was applied at the scene before Gao was sent to the hospital, according to Apple Daily. He was pronounced dead after three hours of medical rescue efforts, according his management team JetStar Entertainment.
“We are very shocked and saddened and even until now find it impossible to accept,” JetStar Entertainment said in a statement obtained by Vancouver Sun. “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.”
Born Tsao Chi-hsiang in Taipei, Taiwan on September 22, 1984, Gao is the youngest of three brothers. His Taiwanese father is of Shanghainese descent while his Malaysian mother is of Peranakan Chinese descent.
Gao was a little boy when his family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He went to Queensbury Elementary School, Argyle Secondary School and Capilano University.
In 2004, Gao returned to Taiwan to work as a model under the management of JetStar Entertainment. In 2011, he modeled for Louis Vuitton making him the first ever Asian model for the French fashion brand.
Dubbed as the first male supermodel of Asia, Gao made his acting debut by playing Tank in the TV series “Bull Fighting” from 2007 to 2008. His first ever Hollywood film role was Magnus Bane in “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” which was released in the United States on August 21, 2013.
Released in China on August 9, 2019, “Shanghai Fortress” starred Gao alongside Qi Shu and Han Lu. Meanwhile, here is Asia’s first male supermodel talking about the dangers of the influencer phenomenon along with Darren Jiang: