Actor Godfrey Gao dies after collapsing while filming variety show in China

Actor Godfrey Gao dies after collapsing while filming variety show in China

- An Asian actor identified as Godfrey Gao has died after he collapsed while filming a variety series

- The Taiwan-born Canadian model/actor was rushed to the hospital where he died 3 hours later

- The 35-year-old was the first Asian male model to appear in luxury brand Louis Vuitton's ad campaign in 2011

Family and fans of Taiwan-born Canadian model/actor, Godfrey Gao, have been thrown into mourning following the tragic and unexpected death of the superstar. According to reports, he died after collapsing while filming a variety show in China.

His agency, JetStar Entertainment, while confirming the news, revealed he was reportedly rushed to hospital, where he died after nearly three hours. According to Chinese media reports, the 35-year-old had been filming Chase Me; a night-time variety series which focuses on physical tasks for its contestants.

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He reportedly collapsed at around 2am on Wednesday morning (Nov 27), midway through filming. People who claimed to witness the incident said that Gao's heart stopped beating for a few minutes before it resumed and that he was rushed to the hospital.

Gao was first in the public eye as a fashion model. He was the first Asian male model to appear in Louis Vuitton's ad campaign in 2011.

He has since been in Hollywood films like The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013). He also became popular in China when he starred in Remembering Lichuan (2016), a television adaptation of a Chinese romance novel.

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Meanwhile, Hollywood is mourning the passing of brilliant, veteran stand up comedian, John Witherspoon, who died on October 29. The actor and all round bright individual gave up the ghost at his Sherman Oaks home aged 77, Daily Mail reports.

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The cause of death is yet to be announced but the family has released a statement in which they asked for time to privately mourn their own. The family also stated that there will be time to celebrate his life and works but for now, they will like some private time.

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