I can't continue any more, model-actor Godfrey Gao reportedly said before collapsing

More details have emerged about actor-model Godfrey Gao's last moments before he died while filming a reality show in China's Zhejiang province on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old was said to be unwell when he attended an event in Taiwan on Monday. Taiwanese actor-singer Gabriel Lan said Gao appeared to have the flu.

However, Gao reported for Zhejiang Television's reality show Chase Me as scheduled at 8.30am on Tuesday for pre-production preparations, according to Taiwan's Want Daily.

The show focuses on physical tasks for its contestants.

He reportedly looked well as filming continued through the night.

Netizens present at the show said filming lasted till the early hours of the morning on Wednesday before Gao said, "I can't continue anymore" and fainted.

According to Gao's agency, JetStar Entertainment, he was reportedly rushed to hospital, where he died about three hours later.

Chase Me's official Weibo account posted a statement, stating that the Taiwan-born model-actor, who was a guest on the show, died while filming the ninth episode.

He had been running when he suddenly collapsed at about 1.45am on Wednesday. He was estimated by Want Daily to have worked almost non-stop for 17 hours before he collapsed.

According to the Chase Me statement, medical staff on the show immediately attended to Gao and he was rushed to hospital, where sudden cardiac death was pronounced.

Sudden cardiac death is described by American medical institution Cleveland Clinic as a sudden, unexpected death caused by the loss of heart function.

According to Ming Pao Daily News, Gao's body has been moved to Ningbo Funeral House in Zhejiang. His manager said his parents have arrived in Ningbo and his family has not decided whether to cremate his body in China or send the body back to Taiwan.

His manager said Gao's girlfriend Bella Su had not arrived in China and denied media reports that she had been engaged to Gao.

Zhejiang Television has since announced that it has stopped filming the night-time reality series. It also clarified that its staff provided immediate assistance to Gao when he lost consciousness.

In Gao's final post on China's Twitter-like Weibo on Tuesday, he congratulated Chinese idol series The Gravity Of A Rainbow for being nominated as one of the top 100 TV series this year by Weibo. He acted as a professor in it and the last episode is slated to air next week.

Entertainers such as JJ Lin, Cyndi Wang, Will Pan, Eric Chou, Sonia Sui and Blackie Chen posted all-black photos on Instagram as they mourned the death of Gao.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2019, with the headline 'I can't continue any more, Gao reportedly said before collapsing'. Print Edition | Subscribe