The death of model-actor Godfrey Gao on a shoot for a TV series has not only shocked the world, but exposed the high price of fame, Chen Nan reports.

The popularity of reality TV shows in China has skyrocketed, with almost every channel having its own series where celebrity pop stars, actors and models vie to increase their exposure, offering their fans a chance to see them in real-life situations and share their thoughts online.

Recently, the spotlight has again fallen on reality shows for a far less glamorous reason – sparked by the untimely death of 35-year-old Godfrey Gao. The Canadian model-actor, who was born in Taiwan, died during the shooting of a reality show by Zhejiang Satellite TV in the early hours of a Wednesday morning in Ningbo, Zhejiang province.

A tragic reality



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