Godfrey Gao May Have Died From Overwork and Stress, Doctor Says

He allegedly screamed repeatedly, "I can't go on anymore!"

The heart attack that led to Godfrey Gao’s untimely demise on Wednesday could be the result of overwork and stress, a physician from Taiwan has suggested.

The Taiwanese Canadian actor-model, 35, reportedly collapsed while filming a Chinese variety show called “Chase Me,” which requires participants to engage in intense physical activities such as obstacle courses, rope climbing and various other stunts.

 

Gao, who allegedly had an existing cold, worked for 17 hours straight prior to his death, beginning filming for the reality show at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 26.

He only stopped working around 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 27 after starting to feel some discomfort, according to CTWant.

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In a leaked footage reportedly caught before his collapse, an exhausted Gao can be seen running and struggling to ascend a ramp.

Before fainting, he allegedly screamed repeatedly in Mandarin, “I can’t go on anymore!”

 

Gao, who suffered a cardiac arrest, was declared dead after nearly three hours of resuscitation at a hospital.

Later in the day, a physician from National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) said that his heart attack may have resulted from overwork and stress, United Daily News reported.

Image via @godfreygao

According to the physician, Gao’s stress led to a spike in adrenaline levels, which then raised his heart rate to a state called ventricular tachycardia (VT).

VT, along with ventricular fibrillation (VF) — types of ventricular arrhythmias, or abnormal heartbeats that begin in the ventricles of the heart — is responsible for most sudden cardiac deaths in the U.S., which account for approximately 300,000 deaths per year.

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The physician pointed out that VT can occur even in the healthiest-looking person under tremendous stress.

“In the early hours of Nov. 27, our beloved Godfrey collapsed while filming on set,” Gao’s agency, JetStar Entertainment, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, following three hours of medical rescue efforts, he left us. We are very shocked and saddened and even until now find it impossible to accept.”

Image via @godfreygao

Following Gao’s death, fans took to social media to question the show’s safety standards, with many calling it to be canceled altogether.

“I’m more angry than anything about Godfrey Gao’s death because it was 100% preventable. That show better take responsibility for this and take proper measures to ensure the safety of future guests; or just cancel the show in its entirety. What happened on #ChaseMe is NOT okay,” one Twitter user wrote.

Zhejiang Satellite TV, which produces and broadcasts “Chase Me,” replaced the controversial episode scheduled for 9:10 p.m. on Nov. 29 with another program.

The network also announced that it will bear responsibility for Gao’s death, according to China Daily.

Feature Images via @godfreygao (Left, Right)

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