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(CNN) - Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao has died, his representative agency said Wednesday. I was 35 years old.
Gao collapsed during the filming of a Chinese reality show early Wednesday, JetStar Entertainment said in a statement. He was rushed to the hospital where he died about three hours later.
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"We are shocked and saddened" by the incident, JetStar said, adding that the representatives "were always directly by his side, while his family rushed to the scene."
The company thanked "friends in the media and everyone who supported Godfrey" for their thoughts, and asked that they leave the family alone during mourning.
In a statement, the producers of the Zhejiang Television show “Chase Me” - which confronts celebrities against regular contestants in a variety of physical challenges - said Gao, who also called himself Gao Yixiang, “suddenly fell on the ground while running, the medical staff attended him on the spot, then he was taken to the hospital for treatment. ”
"We felt extremely distressed and extremely sad," the statement said, adding that the producers were contacting Gao's family "to properly handle the repercussions."
Born in Taiwan, Gao achieved success in China and beyond. He was the first Asian man to model for the fashion brand Louis Vuitton and starred alongside Lena Headey and Lily Collins in the 2013 film "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones." Gao also appeared on numerous Chinese-language television shows and in the 2019 science fiction epic “Shanghai Fortress,” according to his IMDB page.
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