Chicago Fire actress DuShon Monique Brown is dead at the age of 49 after reportedly feeling sick on Friday morning. Chicago Fire producer Dick Wolf released a statement confirming Brown's death after reports began to circulate. Law enforcement sources have revealed that Brown was at home on Friday morning when her family called paramedics because she was feeling ill. She was then taken to the hospital, where she later passed away around noon at St. James Olympia Field Hospital.
DuShon Monique Brown's cause of death has not been released, but TMZ reveals that an autopsy is scheduled for today. The death was sudden and has family, friends, and fans in shock. Chicago Fire producer Dick Wolf had this to say.
"The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own. Our thought and prayers are with DuShon's family and we will all miss her."
Brown has been a star on the hit series since its inception in 2012. She played the role of Connie, who was the assistant to Chief Boden. In addition to Chicago Fire, DuShon Monique Brown also appeared on Prison Break, Boss, Empire, and Shameless.
DuShon Monique Brown was born in Chicago on November 30th, 1968. She attended Governors State University, where she earned a master's degree in school counseling. Before her acting career, Brown worked at Chicago's Kenwood Academy High School as a crisis counselor and drama instructor. She started her acting career in 2003 in the made-for-TV movie Skin Complex as a character named Laurie. Brown then went on to play Katie Welsh in a reoccurring role in Fox's hit show, Prison Break, which became a well-known role for the actress.
In an interview last year, DuShon Monique Brown talked about landing her role on Chicago Fire in 2012. As it turns out, her character didn't even have a name when she went out for the part, she was simply known as "secretary." She added that there was a chance that the role of Connie could develop, which it obviously did. Brown had this to say.
"My character didn't even have a name. She was a noun. She was Secretary and it was a one-liner. What was exciting was [I] was auditioning for a Chicago show, but it was also the possibility that she could maybe develop into something."
DuShon Monique Brown's representative, Robert Schroeder, also released a statement about her passing. In addition to being a talented actress, Schroeder also called her a "kindhearted soul." He said this.
"We are devastated by the loss of a very talented and kindhearted soul. DuShon was a film, television, commercial and voice-over actress who also graced the stages of many Chicago theaters. She brought laughter and joy to many and will be greatly missed."
DuShon Monique Brown is survived by her daughter Zoe. You can read more about the unexpected death of DuShon Monique Brown at TMZ. Rest in Peace, DuShon Monique Brown.