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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Reality show death of Godfrey Gao .. .. and seal dying caused by 'selfie'


Chase Me ! is a Chinese reality show broadcast by Zhejiang Television. It is filmed during the night time in the central business district of Ningbo, involving 2 teams competing to win races.

Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents purportedly unscripted real-life situations, often starring unknown individuals rather than professional actors. Reality television came to prominence in the late 1990s and the early 2000s with the global successes of the series Survivor, Idols, and Big Brother, all of which became global franchises. Competition-based reality shows typically feature gradual elimination of participants, either by a panel of judges or by the viewership of the show.

To get a local flavor – ‘Bigg Boss’ an Indian reality television game show.  The first show of the franchise was Bigg Boss in Hindi which debuted in 2006. The franchise has extended its presence in Kannada, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and Malayalam as of 2018.  I have not seen a single episode of Big Boss!

Godfrey Gao was a Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor. Described as Asia's first male supermodel, Gao was the first male Asian model to appear in a campaign for Louis Vuitton. As an actor, he was known for his roles as Magnus Bane in the 2013 film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and for his leading role in the Chinese television series Remembering Lichuan.  .. .. .. he is no more! died while the shooting was on?  ~ the final footage of supermodel Godfrey Gao showed him struggling to run and appearing exhausted moments before he died from a heart attack on the set of a reality TV show in China. Sad .. .. the  actor Godfrey,  died aged 35 while filming TV show Chase Me in Ningbo, China on 27th Nov 2019.  After reports emerged the star had filmed for 17 hours straight before his death, a clip from the programme showed him 'struggling to run' in the final minutes before he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

In the clip, posted on Chinese social media site Weibo, Godfrey, clad in the show's signature blue and black jumpsuit with neon lights jogs, slowly down a street. Looking fatigued, he then slows down before reaching an incline and bends over as he uses his arm to pull himself up the ramp. Head down, Godfrey struggles to walk up the ramp before reaching the top and walking out of camera shot. That is the death of the star @26. Sina reports that Godfrey was unwell with a cold before taking part but filmed 'continuously' for 17 hours- from 8.30am on Tuesday, November 26 to 1.45am, before collapsing on set. It was also claimed by his friends he attended an event on the Monday and travelled straight to filming Chase Me without taking a rest day.

In every Reality show, the contestants do work their way through a series of physically demanding obstacle courses and in the Chinese show, it was an urban race style setting.  According to China's Tencent News, an audience member heard Gao shout 'I can't keep going' as he slowed down in the race before he collapsed.  Cameramen are said to have initially zoomed in on Godfrey, believing his fall was a dramatic moment in the reality show before realising something was wrong and getting emergency care for the star. A statement from the TV network said the actor and model was taken to hospital where it was confirmed he died as a result of a cardiac arrest. 

.. .. we may never know the super model but sympathise with the way he died, taking onerous pressure getting filmed his last moments of life !!  ~ if you thought this was cruel, read more of an  injured seal pup that washed up on a beach but  died after hoards of selfie-hunters forced it to flee back into the sea.

The grey seal, which ended up on Chesil Beach in Dorset, had suffered serious injuries to one of its flippers caused by a fishing line that had cut into its bone. It returned to the water after becoming scared by members of the public who crowded around to take pictures - preventing rescuers from reaching it. The animal came ashore a second-time hours later at dusk when most people had left when someone spotted it and called the RSPCA.  Derek Davey, a local wildlife expert, took care of the seal before it was transferred to the RSPCA's centre at West Hatch, Somerset, where it later died. Mr Davey criticised onlookers who scared the pup, explaining that while it probably would have died anyway its pain was prolonged by the delay in it being rescued.

'Taking photographs and crowding around it made it go back into the water to get away,' he said. 'Luckily it later came ashore again hours later.  Yet, the seal which somehow reached the shore  on Chesil Beach - was forced to return to the water after becoming scared by members of the public who crowded around to take pictures!

When it returned again, RSPCA attended to it and  said the seal was in an 'emaciated condition' and had an infection in its bones. A spokesman for the charity said: 'The wildlife vet cleaned the wound out but the infection was already in the bone and so the decision was made to put the seal to sleep based on the extent of this injury and the impact it would have on the future of the seal.

Sad !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
1st Dec 2019.


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