Chinese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Tsao died after he collapsed while filming a Chinese variety series in Zhejiang in eastern China. The 35-year-old Tsao first caught the public's eye as a fashion model. He became popular in 2016 when he starred in Remembering Lichuan, a television adaptation of a romance novel.
His agency, JetStar Entertainment, confirmed this on Weibo. He was reportedly rushed to hospital, where he died after nearly three hours, according to JetStar's statement.
"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."
According to reports, he had been filming Chase Me — a night-time variety series by Zhejiang Television which focuses on physical tasks for its contestants. He reportedly collapsed at around 2am on Wednesday morning (Nov 27), midway through filming. Other celebrities on the set included actor William Chan and boy band Fahrenheit member Calvin Chen.
"Guest participant Godfrey suddenly collapsed to the ground while running. The programme's on-site paramedics began lifesaving measures immediately and urgently transported him to the hospital," the management behind Chase Me said in a statement."After 2 hours of all-out efforts to save him, the hospital [said] he had suffered a sudden cardiac death."
"Variety show Chase Me's difficulty and intensity" has become a top trending topic on Weibo.
Many netizens are expressing anger at what is seen as a dangerous variety show set-up — pointing to how difficult the physical tasks can be and how the show is filmed at night, often past midnight.
It is also filmed outdoors, even in cold weather. Many have asked its regular cast members, such as Chan and Chinese actor Huang Jingyu, to stop appearing on the show for their own safety.