ACTOR AND MODEL GODFREY GAO REMEMBERED AS ‘PIONEER’ OF ASIAN REPRESENTATION

Vancouver-raised star suffered cardiac arrest while filming Chinese variety show

Godfrey Gao, the Canadian-Taiwanese actor and model who died suddenly on Tuesday, is being remembered as a pioneering entertainer whose short career bridged the divide between the Asian and North American industries and who shattered stereotypes about Asian men.

Gao, 35, was filming Chase Me, a Chinese variety series, when he suffered a cardiac arrest, according to his agency JetStar Entertainment. They confirmed that he was pronounced dead in hospital, triggering an outpouring of shock and grief from fans and co-stars.

Gao, who was born in Taiwan and raised on B.C.’s North Shore, is remembered as a pioneer who straddled fame in North America and across Asia years before the film and beauty industries became more mindful of telling diverse stories.

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