Zhejiang TV releases statement following Godfrey Gao's death

28 Nov– Zhejiang TV has recently expressed sadness over the death of model-actor Godfrey Gao on 27 November, who had a heart attack while shooting its variety programme, "Chase Me".

As reported on Mingpao, nearly eleven hours after news of Godfrey's death, the station issued a statement saying that they will deeply reflect on the tragedy, conduct a comprehensive investigation into the case, and do a better job in securing its cast and crew's safety during production.

Zhejiang TV stated that at the time of the incident, the team on location immediately went to get the actor help before taking him to the hospital, but still failed to save his life.

"We deeply regret this incident and are willing to bear responsibilities," they added.

The station also revealed that Godfrey's parents have already arrived in Ningbo to make arrangements for his body to be transported home.

They continued, "We are currently cooperating with Godfrey Gao's family and team. Please also be considerate and respectful of the family's decision to handle the funeral in a private manner. Thank you everybody who expressed concern about this matter. Our love for Godfrey Gao will last forever. May he rest in peace."

Netizens had mixed reaction to the statement. While some questioned the station, others reminded that they have no right to pass judgment when the Gao family has yet to make any statement regarding the matter.

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