Oh no! Another Asian star has passed away. This time it’s Godfrey Gao (高以翔).
The North Vancouver-raised supermodel has collapsed while in the midst of filming a Chinese variety series. Sadly, he reportedly died 3 hours after he was rushed to a hospital.
Sina Entertainment reported that the 35-year-old model-actor was filming “Chase Me” – which is a Zhejiang Television variety series that centres on the contestant’s physical tasts – when the unfortunate incident happened.
It was approximately 2am earlier this morning (Wednesday, 27th November) when his body gave out midway through filming. Hong Kong actor William Chan and boy band Fahrenheit member Calvin Chen were also on set.
Bystanders tried to revive Godfrey but to no avail. Onlookers also claimed that his heart stopped beating for 3 minutes before it resumed and he was transferred to the hospital. His Taiwanese agency JetStar Entertainment has since confirmed his death.
The statement reads:
“He has unfortunately left us, leaving us extremely shocked and saddened, and we are still unable to accept this. His family has rushed to the scene. Please understand Godfrey’s family is experiencing deep sorrow and grief, and avoid excessive disturbance to them. We will accompany Godfrey’s family in handling the relevant matters with a low profile.”
Godfrey was born to a Taiwanese father and a Malaysian mother from Penang. The 1.93m-tall hunk became the first Asian male model to appear in luxury brand Louis Vuitton’s ad campaign in 2011.
The late actor’s fame shot skyward after he appeared in 2016’s “Remembering Lichuan”. He also made his mark in Hollywood with 2013’s “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”.