Model Godfrey Gao dies

Godfrey Gao

Taiwanese-Canadian model Godfrey Gao has died after collapsing on set in China.

The 35-year-old was in the middle of filming Chinese sports reality show Chase Me, in which contestants are put through a series of athletic competitions, primarily running through cities late at night, on Wednesday.

He collapsed and was taken to a hospital where he passed away hours later. He reportedly died from a sudden cardiac arrest.

Following the tragic loss, representatives for Gao's agency, Jetstar Entertainment, posted a statement on social media which read: "In the early hours of Nov. 27, our beloved Godfrey collapsed while filming on set. Following three hours of rescue efforts, he unfortunately left us. We are very shocked and saddened and even until now find it impossible to accept.

"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. Please respect Godfrey's family in this time of sorrow and refrain from disturbing them. We will accompany Godfrey's family to handle discreet funeral arrangements. Thank you, everyone."

Gao, who grew up in Vancouver, Canada, began working as a model in 2004 when he was 20, and became the first Asian model to appear in a campaign for Louis Vuitton in 2011.

Gao also worked as an actor. He is best known for appearing in movies such as The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in 2013 and The Jade Pendant in 2017 as well as Chinese TV show Remembering Lichuan.

Following the news of his death, Jamie Campbell Bower - Gao's co-star in The Mortal Instruments - took to Instagram to pay tribute to his former castmate. Sharing a picture of them together, Jamie wrote: "Our friend. Heartbroken."

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