Godfrey Gao was a Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor who died On 27 November 2019.
Described as Asia’s first male supermodel, Gao was the first male Asian model to appear in a campaign for Louis Vuitton.
As an actor, he was known for his roles as Magnus Bane in the 2013 film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and for his leading role in the Chinese television series Remembering Lichuan.
Godfrey Gao Cause of death
Godfrey Gao died of sudden cardiac arrest while filming a Chinese sports reality show called Chase Me. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.
On 27 November 2019 at about 1:45 am China Standard Time, Gao collapsed in Ningbo while filming Chase Me, a sports reality television series broadcast on Zhejiang Television.
He was taken to a hospital, where after attempts at resuscitation for nearly three hours, he was pronounced dead.
Gao’s death was confirmed in a statement on the social media site Sina Weibo by his agency JetStar Entertainment. The producers of Chase Me said in a statement that Gao died from cardiac arrest.
Gao’s death prompted increased scrutiny of the series, which involves contestants competing in physically strenuous challenges late at night, and of the safety standards of Chinese reality television productions more broadly.
Gao had reportedly been filming for 17 hours at the time of his collapse; actor and director Xu Zheng stated that the series’ producers “must be held responsible” for what he claimed were poor health and safety conditions.
In a statement on Sina Weibo, Zhejiang Television stated that they were “deeply regretful and sorry for the irreparable and serious consequences that this incident has caused, and are willing to take up responsibility.”
Godfrey Gao Funeral
Godfrey Gao’s body was moved to a funeral home in Ningbo on 28 November 2019, and returned to Taiwan on 2 December 2019.
Gao’s funeral, a Buddhist ceremony per the request of Gao’s mother, was held in Taiwan on 15 December 2019. His remains are interred at Chin Pao San.
Who was Godfrey Gao?
Godfrey Gao was born Tsao Chih-hsiang in Taipei on 22 September 1984.
Gao’s father is a Taiwanese of Shanghainese descent, and worked as a general manager at Michelin Taiwan; his mother is a Malaysian of Peranakan Chinese descent from George Town who won the Miss Penang beauty pageant in 1970.
The youngest of three boys, Gao was moved with his brothers to North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where his parents raised their boys during his childhood.
He attended Queensbury Elementary School and Argyle Secondary School, and later studied at Capilano University where the 6’4″ (1.93m) Gao played basketball for the school’s team.
Godfrey Gao returned to Taiwan to work as a model in 2004, and was managed by JetStar Entertainment.
Gao and fellow male models Sphinx Ting, Victor Chen, and Lan Chun-tien were collectively nicknamed the “Fashion 4” (F4), and jointly released a book in 2009.
In 2011, he became the first Asian model for the fashion brand Louis Vuitton.
Godfrey Gao began appearing in minor roles in Chinese television dramas in 2006, and had his first starring role in the 2010 television drama Volleyball Lover.
In 2013, he made his American film debut as Magnus Bane in the film adaption of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Godfrey Gao Wife
Godfrey Gao did not have a wife, but he was rumored to be dating Bella Su, whose original name is Su Xiang Han.
However, in 2018, Gao denied the claims that they were dating.
Bella Su, a 23-year-old influencer, posted photos of them on Instagram on May 20, 2020, which was the fifth anniversary of their first date.
She also expressed her grief and love for Gao, who died of sudden cardiac arrest on November 27, 2019, while filming a reality show.
Godfrey Gao Children
Godfrey Gao did not have any children.
Godfrey Gao Net worth
Godfrey Gao’s net worth was estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million.
He was a successful model and actor who had worked for Louis Vuitton and starred in several films and television shows.
Godfrey Gao Illness
Godfrey Gao did not have any specific illness before his death.
However, some medical experts have speculated that his death was caused by overwork and staying up late, as he had been working for 17 hours from when the shoot began on Tuesday at 8:30am until he collapsed at around 2am the next day.
He also reportedly exclaimed “I can’t go on anymore” before he collapsed.
He was participating in a sports reality show called Chase Me, which tests the endurance level of its contestants. He suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating, usually due to an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation.
It can cause death within minutes if not treated with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation. Sudden cardiac arrest can be triggered by various factors, such as heart disease, physical exertion, stress, drug abuse, or genetic mutations.
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