Godfrey Gao Biography
Godfrey Gao (Chinese: 高以翔; pinyin: Gāo Yǐxiáng; 22 September 1984 – 27 November 2019) was a Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor, noted as the first Asian model to appear in a campaign for Louis Vuitton. He was known for his roles as Magnus Bane in the 2013 film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and for his leading role in Chinese television series Remembering Lichuan.
Godfrey Gao Life and Early Career
Gao was born in Taipei, Taiwan, to a Taiwanese father and a Malaysian mother. Gao’s father is Shanghainese but raised in Taiwan while his mother is a Peranakan Chinese from George Town. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, during his childhood, and later studied at Capilano University in North Vancouver.
Gao returned to Taiwan to work as a model in 2004, and was managed by JetStar Entertainment. In 2011, he became the first Asian model for the fashion brand Louis Vuitton. He appeared on several TV dramas and films, and made his American film debut in 2013 as Magnus Bane in the film adaption of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Other notable credits include the 2015 film Wedding Bible alongside Korean actress Yoo In-na; the lead role in the 2016 television drama Remembering Lichuan, which brought him broader recognition as an actor across Asia; and the 2017 romantic comedy film Love is a Broadway Hit, alongside Wang Likun, Wang Chuanjun, Yuan Li and Naren Weiss.
Godfrey Gao Death
On 27 November 2019 at about 1:45 am, Gao collapsed while running when he was in Ningbo filming Chase Me, a sports reality television series broadcast on Zhejiang Television. He was taken to a hospital, where after attempts at resuscitation for nearly three hours, he was pronounced dead. Gao’s death was confirmed by his agency JetStar Entertainment on the social media site Sina Weibo, which said in a statement that “in the early hours of Nov. 27, our beloved Godfrey collapsed while filming on set. Following three hours of rescue efforts, he unfortunately left us. We are very shocked and saddened and even until now find it impossible to accept.” A blogger posted screenshots of a conversation on WeChat allegedly with a crew member of the production, who said that Gao had not been in good shape and had only participated in the running part.
Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao has died of a heart attack while filming The Chinese reality show #ChaseMe.
— Bloomberg TicToc (@TicToc) November 27, 2019
The program team said in a statement that Gao had died from sudden cardiac death. His body will be transported to Taipei on 27 November 2019.