DuShon Monique Brown, an actress who appeared on “Chicago Fire,” died at the age of 49 this week, according to reports.
Brown, who appeared on the long-running NBC show for years, died at Franciscan St. James Health Olympia Fields, said the Cook County medical examiner’s office, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.
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Her cause of death was not revealed.
“The ‘Chicago Fire’ family is devastated to lose one of its own,” said the show’s executive producer, Dick Wolf. “Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon’s family and we will all miss her.”
Gregory Jones, principal of Kenwood Academy High School, where Brown worked as a counselor, also confirmed her death in an email to the Tribune.
“We are devastated by the loss of a very talented and kindhearted soul,” stated Brown’s manager, Robert Schroeder, of Grossman & Jack Talent. “She brought laughter and joy to many, and she will be greatly missed.”
She previously played as Katie Welch on Fox’s “Prison Break” and also starred on “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” on Amazon, according to Deadline Hollywood.
In an interview, Brown said that when she was cast initially as Connie on “Chicago Fire,” her “character didn’t have a name.” She added, “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.”