The cause for his untimely demise was soon explained as the result of a cardiac arrest.
This fact immediately prompted criticism to the network, because the reality series on which Gao was participating when he collapsed required contestants to undergo strenuous and demanding physical challenges, some of them late at night. This was done without any considerations for the personal physical conditions and health of the participants. The executive committee of the company was seriously negligent about all the risks involved, and was held responsible for the actor's demise. Nevertheless, the corporation is willing to recognize the carelessness and indulgence they committed, and accept to be held accountable for all the negligence on which they incurred, and whose final outcome was an irreversible fatality. The actor's remains would be transferred to Taipei — Taiwan's capital —, to his family, that will provide a proper burial for him.
Godfrey Gao's death has sparked a major controversy in China, and its repercussion is still being felt. Social media is currently boiling, with many people requesting the cancellation of the show in which the actor was a contestant when he died. According to evidence, the challenges required superhuman degrees of effort to be executed, and could be indeed physically harmful. Gao was already working for seventeen hours when he died, which indicates that in fact the program was pushing the actor to the limit, and possibly, was doing the same thing with the other contestants. Probably, the wisest thing to do is to cancel the program to prevent this type of tragedy of happening again. And of course, almost as important is to punish the culprits who allowed this fatality to happen.