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Actor Godfrey Gao Dies During Production of Chinese Reality TV Show

The Mortal Instruments star was 35

Amanda Bell

Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao has died after collapsing on the set of the Chinese reality competition series Chase Me. He was 35. Gao was reportedly in the process of filming the show, which features two teams competing in physically demanding challenges after midnight, when he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Zhejiang Television confirmed that Gao collapsed while participating in a running challenge early Wednesday in the southeastern Chinese city of Ningbo. 'The on-site medical staff started treatment immediately and transported him to a hospital," the statement reads. "Unfortunately, after two hours of rescue treatment, the hospital pronounced him dead of sudden cardiac arrest."


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Gao is known to North American audiences for his work as Magnus Bane in 2013 movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and also appeared in television series like Momo Love, Never Give Up Dodo, and God of War, Zhao Yun. His final film performance was in the movie Shanghai Fortress. Gao, who was born in Taiwan but raised mainly in Vancouver, Canada, was also a model and earned the distinction of being the first Asian model for a Louis Vuitton global campaign.

Fans and colleagues have been paying tribute to Gao on social media.

According to The New York Times, news of Gao's death also had many fans calling for a cancellation of the series on the social media site Weibo, after Zhejiang Television issued a statement there.