Taiwanese-Canadian Model-Actor Godfrey Gao Dies on Set

By The Associated Press

HONG KONG—Taiwanese-Canadian model-actor Godfrey Gao has died after suffering an apparent heart attack while on set in China.

Gao was filming a sports reality show in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo on Wednesday when he died. His agency, JetStar Entertainment, confirmed his death on its official Facebook page.

The 35-year-old was filming “Chase Me,” a Chinese variety series, when he reportedly fell while running. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to his agency.

“We are shocked and saddened” by the incident, JetStar said, adding that representatives were “always directly by his side, whilst his family is rushing to the scene.”

The company thanked “friends in the media and everyone who supported Godfrey” for their thoughts, and asked for his family to be left alone to mourn.

Actor Godfrey Gao
Actor Godfrey Gao poses on arrival for the premiere of the film ‘Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ in Hollywood, Calif., on Aug. 12, 2013. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

The Taiwan-born Gao initially rose to fame by becoming the first Asian male model for the luxury brand Louis Vuitton. He acted in numerous television dramas and movies, including a role in the Hollywood film “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

His body will be transported Wednesday to Taipei, Taiwan’s capital.

Chinese actor Godfrey Gao
Chinese actor Godfrey Gao attends at the Moet & Chandon and FilmAid Asia Power of Film Gala at Clear Water Bay Film Studios in Hong Kong on March 16, 2013. (Xaume Olleros/Getty Images)

The CNN Wire contributed to this report.