Taiwanese actor, Godfrey Gao (高以翔), has passed away on November 27 at the age of 35 while he was filming for the Zhejiang TV variety show, “Chase Me” (追我吧). It’s reported he fainted while filming for the show and his heart stopped beating. After staff members performed CPR on him for 3 minutes, there was still no heartbeat. People present on set revealed they kept hearing, “Still no heartbeat?” After 15 minutes later, it’s reported his heart was beating again and was immediately sent to the hospital. However, it was confirmed by Zhejiang News that they weren’t able to revive him at the hospital.
One netizen’s account says the show was still filming around 1 AM and Godfrey Gao was really tired from running. He was heard constantly saying, “I can’t anymore!” and then suddenly fainted. It’s alleged the crew thought this was an effect from the show so they didn’t immediately go tend to him. When they realized something wasn’t right, everyone, including the artists, rushed to his side. The doctors performed 10 minutes of CPR, but he was only sent to the hospital around 2 something.
“Chase Me” production team issues statement
The “Chase Me” production team released the following statement on Godfrey Gao’s passing:
“During the 9th week of filming for “Chase Me” on November 27th, the guest for this week, Godfrey Gao, suddenly slowed down while he was running and then fell to the ground. The show’s on site medical staff started to treat him right away and immediately sent him to the hospital. After two hours of using their best efforts to save him, the doctors finally announced Godfrey Gao died from sudden cardiac death. We feel incomparable pain and extreme sadness!
After the accident happened, the production team and managers all stayed by his side the whole time. The production team is currently working with the management teams to contact his family members to properly handle the aftermath arrangements.”
One of Godfrey Gao’s manager spoke to ETtoday and said: “Before the recording, there weren’t any signs of physical discomfort. Everyone didn’t see this coming and can’t accept it either. During the show recording, his heart suddenly had problems. He’s always had a habit of exercising. Never heard him speak of having heart conditions or diseases. Everyone is feeling very regretful.”
According to Taiwanese media, it’s reported Godfrey Gao’s girlfriend, Bella Su, and the owners of his management company are flying to Zhejiang to transport his body back to Taiwan the next day. His mother is a Malaysian national and didn’t have a visa so she couldn’t fly to China immediately.