Mortal Instruments' Godfrey Gao Dead at 35 After Collapsing On Reality Show Set

Mortal Instruments actor Godfrey Gao died at the age of 35 while filming the reality show Chase Me in China. Find out more about his sudden passing here.

By emily belfiore Nov 27, 2019 12:03 PMTags
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Godfrey Gao has passed away.

On Wednesday, the Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor, best known for playing Magnus Bane in the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, died while filming the Chinese reality game show Chase Me. He was only 35. The devastating news was confirmed by his management team Jetstar Entertainment early Wednesday morning.

"In the early hours of Nov. 27, our beloved Godfrey collapsed while filming on set. Unfortunately following three hours of medical rescue efforts, he left us," a spokesperson said in a statement, according to WWD. "We are very shocked and saddened and even until now find it impossible to accept."

"Thank you media friends and every fan of Godfrey's for their concern. His management and team were present and his family were urgently rushed to the location," the spokesperson's statement continued. "Please respect Godfrey's family in this time of sorrow and refrain from disturbing them. We will accompany Godfrey's family to handle discreet funeral arrangements. Thank you, everyone."

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BBC reports that Gao collapsed while running in a team event for the show, which pairs celebrities, cast members and regular people together to compete in a series of physical tasks. 

A representative from Chase Me told the outlet that the show's on-site paramedics immediately began administering life-saving measures before rushing him to the hospital. At this time, it is unclear what caused the actor's sudden passing. 

Apart from his standout Mortal Instruments role, Gao also made history with his modeling career. Back in 2011, he became the first Asian model to be cast in a Louis Vuitton campaign.  

Our thoughts go out to Gao's loved ones at this time.