Year-ender: Top 10 cultural events from 2019 | Updated: 2019-12-24 07:05
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Fans of Godfrey Gao lay floral bouquets, photos and cards outside the filming location of Chase Me to mourn his death. [Photo provided to China Daily]

8. Actor's death on reality show a wake-up call

Chinese-Canadian actor and model Godfrey Gao died of cardiac arrest after collapsing while filming a TV reality show in Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang province on Nov 27. The 35-year-old was on the set of Chase Me, a competitive sports reality show on Zhejiang Television.

The death of Gao has not only shocked the world, but exposed the high price of fame. The incident stirred up a massive outcry on China's social media platforms, with netizens questioning the timeliness and effectiveness of first-aid rescuing services provided when Gao's deadly heart attack occurred.

The China Television Artists Association's actors committee has cautioned actors to say no to overtime work after the sad news occurred. The committee also urged TV producers to ensure the safety of actors by giving them adequate rest and reducing the amount of physically intensive work.

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