DuShon Monique Brown, who starred in such dramas as “Prison Break” and “Chicago Fire,” has died of a heart attack.
The death of the 49-year-old actress was confirmed by Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Mirror reported. The office also told reporters that Brown died at St. James Olympia Field Hospital in Chicago shortly after noon on Friday, March 23.
The actress had checked herself into the hospital earlier that week, the Sun reported, following complaints of chest pains. She was given tests and released.
Brown was part of the cast of long-running NBC drama “Chicago Fire,” in which she played Connie, the no-nonsense assistant to Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker). She also had a recurring role as nurse Katie Welch in “Prison Break,” alongside guest spots on “Empire” and “Shameless.”
Shocked and heartbroken to hear of the passing of DuShon M. Brown who I got to know so well as Connie on Chicago Fire.
What an amazing talent and friend.
Rest easy DuShon …You will be Greatly missed.? pic.twitter.com/Fb7qvcc3qG
— Steve Piper (@StevePiperActor) March 23, 2018
“Chicago Fire’s” executive producer Dick Wolf paid tribute to the actress in a statement.
“The ‘Chicago Fire’ family is devastated to lose one of its own,” he said, according to the Mirror.
— BreakingNNow (@BreakingNNow) March 23, 2018
“Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon’s family and we will all miss her,” Wolf said.
Chicago theater actor Carla Stillwell, a close friend of the deceased, told The Chicago Tribune that Brown was talented and fun.
“She was a brilliant actor, but she was also so goofy. We used to get in so much trouble from the stage managers we worked with because we were cutting up so much. She was just a ham. And she was truly loved,” Stillwell said.
Happy EARLY Birthday to DuShon Brown. https://t.co/tXLdHuX07p
— Grossman Jack (@grossmanandjack) December 1, 2017
Brown herself had recently spoken about her love for her “Chicago Fire” role, the Mirror reported, and shed light on the evolution of her character.
“She was a noun. She was Secretary and it was a one-liner,” the actress told Hidden Remote in 2017.
“What was exciting was it was auditioning for a Chicago show, but it was also the possibility that she could maybe develop into something,” Brown said.
“Because coincidentally, I started out on another Chicago based-show called ‘Prison Break’ [where] my character did not have a name. She was called Nurse and she started out on a one-liner. Both of them were characters that were subordinates, telling their immediate supervisors that they had an appointment.
“I’ll tell you when I was first cast for it, my character didn’t even have a name,” Brown said.
— Jocelyn Dorsey (@Jocelyn67) August 13, 2016
Before taking on television roles, Brown was a regular fixture in the Chicago theater scene. She also worked as a counselor seller at a high school in the city and was head of the school’s drama program.
The actress is survived by a 14-year-old daughter.