It’s been a very tough week as the entertainment industry mourns the loss of actor Godfrey Gao who died unexpectedly at the age of 35 when he fainted during filming for Zhejiang TV’s reality show Chase Me. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that his loved ones must be experiencing at this time.
As the world mourns, many continue to have nagging questions about the circumstances around his death. China’s state-run CCTV was among those who raised questions on the ‘what ifs’. What could’ve caused an exceptionally fit person to die from sudden cardiac death?
The CCTV reporter touched upon the suspicions from some who thought that the reality show’s high-intensity challenges performed in the middle of the night were fraught with problems. It also tackled how many were saddened by eyewitness claims that there was no medical personnel or rescue equipment during the golden 4 minutes of emergency response time and that the ambulance couldn’t arrive immediately due to road blockage. While immediate emergency measures might not have saved him, it could have given him a better chance of survival.
It’s not easy having to read the tributes Godfrey’s friends have written for him, and I’ve personally been trying to stay away from any news showing how much Godfrey struggled during his last few minutes. Still, with all these theories about what went wrong and what could have been prevented, there’s only one thing left as fans continue to call out the show’s broadcaster Zhejiang TV to reveal the truth.