Godfrey Gao (高以翔) is finally back home in Taiwan; although not the way anyone intended.
The 35-year-old model-actor passed away last Wednesday (27th November) after he collapsed while filming Chinese reality show “Chase Me” (追我吧) in Ningbo, China.
According to reports, Godfrey’s body was transferred out of Hangzhou Funeral House yesterday morning (Monday, 2nd December) where it was preserved, and transported to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport for a flight to Taiwan.
Godfrey’s second brother Charles oversaw the procedure to get his casket from China to Taiwan. His family and 23-year-old girlfriend Bella Su were also spotted receiving his coffin in grief. Their mum Mrs Gao has also selected a smiling photo of him for his funeral.
Here’s a better look at the official photo:
Godfrey’s management agency Jetstar Entertainment announced that the late actor-model’s funeral will take place next Sunday on 15th December. His body will be buried in Chin Pao San Cemetry, a private cemetery in New Taipei. Celebrities like Teresa Teng (鄧麗君), King Hu (胡金銓), and Li Tien-lu (李天祿) were also laid to rest there.
His Penang-born mother selected the photo of Godfrey with his trademark smile because she hopes that friends and fans will remember him for his warm personality and kind spirit. It’s also a testament to all the heartwarming stories about him that came to light recently.
Sin Chew reported that fans will be allowed to pay their respects and bid Godfrey farewell on 6th December from 10am till 5pm.