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R.I.P. Actor & Model Godfrey Gao, Who Died of a Heart Attack at 35 While on Set

Godfrey Gao in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

News has broken that Godfrey Gao, actor and model, best known in the US for playing Magnus Bane in the Mortal Instruments movie, passed away at the age of 35 from a heart attack while filming Chase Me, a competitive sports reality show, in China.

While the cause of death is a heart attack, reports are coming that Gao was dealing with some inhumane conditions while on the set of Chase Me, including a 17-hour workday. Taiwan News, according to the Vancouver Sun, reported that an audience member heard Gao shout, “I can’t carry on,” before he fell to the ground.

Taiwan News then reported, “Cameramen swarmed around him and kept filming, apparently believing that his actions were part of the show.”

Zhejiang TV, the station behind Chase Me, released a statement taking some responsibility, which has been circulating on social media.

In addition to the outpouring of grief, this has meant a lot of anger towards Chase Me and more cases of other celebrities complaining about how the series has handled health issues and dangerous sets. Those who knew Gao and fans of the actor have been expressing sadness and confusion about this sudden death on social media:

 

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Deep sadness that such a shining star has left us… 🙏

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(via Vancouver Sun, image: Screen Gems)

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