On December 5, Zhejiang Television announced that it will permanently take its reality television series Chase Me <追我吧> off air, effective immediately.
On November 27th, Taiwanese Canadian actor Godfrey Gao (高以翔) collapsed and later died from cardiac arrest while filming its 9th episode early Wednesday morning. His tragic passing had caused an uproar among fans and the entertainment community.
Since November 27, Zhejiang Television has released on two statements in regard to Godfrey’s death and the fate of Chase Me. The broadcaster’s general director Lin Yong (林湧) issued a final statement on December 5, which was an official apology to Godfrey’s family and fans. The director also confirmed that the station has permanently pulled Chase Me off air due to recent events.
On the delay of issuing the official apology, Lin stated, “When it happened, Godfrey’s family’s biggest wish was to have him return home. From when the incident occurred, to December 2, we stayed by the side of his family and team to actively assist them in any way we can.”
In the statement, Lin also recalled the events that had led up to Godfrey’s collapse that fateful night. After running 600 meters along an equipped raceway, he slowed down his movements to a walk and he sat on the ledge of a flower bed. He collapsed almost immediately afterwards, at approximately 1:50:52 a.m.
Upon seeing Godfrey on the ground, the director ran over and called for the on-site ambulance. Other artistes who were resting nearby also ran over to assist. One minute and 46 seconds after collapsing, the emergency medical technicians reached Godfrey and proceeded to give him CPR. After 20 minutes of attempts to revive his heart, Godfrey was transferred to an emergency vehicle and rushed to the nearby Ningbo Medical Center Lihuili Hospital. After over two hours of resuscitation attempts, Godfrey was pronounced dead.
As for criticism in regard to Chase Me’s safety conditions, Lin explained, “That night, there were two ambulance vehicles that were already on stand by. Three professional physicians and two EMTs were on set with us. The ambulances were well-equipped with emergency equipment, including an AED (automated external defibrillator). The EMTs were wearing light reflective jackets. As for netizens claiming that they didn’t see an ambulance come until 2 a.m., that was actually the third ambulance car that came after a staff member had dialed 120. That ambulance was never used.”
As for reasons why he would not release a third statement, he said, “We are considering the wishes of his family and his management team. They wish to handle this in a low profile manner. At the moment, our priority is to assist them in any way we can.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.