MODEL and actor Godfrey Gao was seen looking frail and shattered after a gruelling 17-hour day on set just moments before his fatal heart attack.
Taiwanese-Canadian Gao fell and lost consciousness while taking part in a running event on Chinese reality series Chase Me, in Ningbo, China on Wednesday.
After reports emerged the star had filmed for 17 hours straight before his death, a clip from the series shows the actor "struggling to run" in the final minutes before his fatal collapse.
In the video, posted on Chinese social media site Weibo, the late actor can be seen wearing the show's signature blue and black jumpsuit with neon lights, while jogging slowly down a street.
Looking exhausted, he then slows down before reaching an incline, and bends over as he uses his arm to pull himself up the ramp.
The actor was then seen struggling to walk up the ramp before reaching the top and walking out of camera shot.
Fans of the star took to social media to comment on the haunting final video, with one writing: "Does the show team need to be responsible? !! On-site medical staff! The celebrity is dedicated again, but it can be clearly seen that the body is abnormal, and the staff should come forward and care!'
Another wrote: "I really hope this was not your last moment. This makes me feel so bad."
Chinese media outlets said he collapsed at around 2am local time on Wednesday (6pm GMT on Tuesday).
He is reported to have been rushed to hospital, where doctors battled to save his life for two hours before he was pronounced dead.
Gao's management agency, JetStar entertainment, confirmed his death via a statement on social media site Weibo.
"In the early hours of Nov. 27, our beloved Godfrey collapsed while filming on set," it read.
"Following three hours of rescue efforts, he unfortunately left us.
"We are very shocked and saddened and even until now find it impossible to accept."
Other celebrities on the set of Chase Me at the time of Gao's collapse included Hong Kong actor William Chan and boy band Fahrenheit member William Chan.
Photographs online showed Chan at the scene with his hands clasped together as paramedics tend to someone on the floor.
A statement released by Chase Me said: "Guest participant Godfrey suddenly collapsed to the ground while running.
"The programme's on-site paramedics began lifesaving measures immediately and urgently transported him to the hospital.
"After two hours of all-out efforts to save him, the hospital [said] he had suffered a sudden cardiac death."
The 35-year-old came to prominence in 2013 in Hollywood film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and went on to star in a number of Chinese films, including The Jade Pendant and Shanghai Fortress.
In 2011, Gao became the first Asian male model to feature in an ad campaign by luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton.
His death has prompted an outpouring of grief online.
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Taiwanese singer Christine Fan posted a a plain black background on Instragram and wrote: "My heart is broken."
Former Taiwanese basketball player James Mao, at whose wedding this Friday Gao had been set to be a groomsmen, posted a heartbreak emoji on a black background to Instragram.
Australian actor Remy Hii, who this year starred in Marvel film Spider-Man: Far From Home, wrote on twitter: "I am beyond devastated to hear about the death of Godfrey Gao.
"This is a loss to us as a community as asian artists and it’s fair to say it will never be the same without him."
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Taiwanese television host and actor posted a photo of Gao and wrote: "When you’re with him, SO many people come up and the first thing they say is how good-looking he is, how handsome he is, how beautiful he is.
"So often admired for his exterior by fans and strangers.
"What they don’t know is how humble he is, how approachable he is, how modest he is, how wonderfully unintimidating a star he is."
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