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‘Chicago Fire’ Actress DuShon Monique Brown’s Cause of Death Released

Actress died of a blood infection of unknown origin, medical examiner’s office says

“Chicago Fire” actress DuShon Monique Brown, who died in March at age 49, died of a blood infection, the Cook County, Illinois medical examiner’s office told TheWrap on Thursday.

According to the medical examiner, Brown’s immediate cause of death was sepsis, though the origin of the blood infection is unknown.

Hypertensive cardiovascular disease and obesity were also contributing factors in Brown’s death, the medical examiner’s office added.

Brown died just after noon on Friday, March 23 at St. James Olympia Field Hospital in Chicago. TMZ, citing anonymous sources, reported that Brown had admitted herself to a Chicago hospital for tests after suffering chest pains earlier in the week.

“We are very sad to announce the untimely death of beloved Chicago actress DuShon Monique Brown,” Brown’s manager, Robert Schroeder, said at the time. “DuShon, most affectionately known to many as Connie on NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire,’ died suddenly Friday morning of natural causes. 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. At this difficult time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected.”

Brown had appeared on the NBC drama since its premiere in 2012, playing Connie, the assistant to Eamonn Walker’s Chief Wallace Boden. She also appeared on Fox’s “Prison Break” from 2005 until 2007.

“The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own,” executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon’s family and we will all miss her.”

Brown also had guest roles on “Empire,” “Shameless” and the Amazon anthology “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” in addition to her work as a stage actress in Chicago theater productions.