“Chicago Fire” actress DuShon Monique Brown has died at the age of 49.
Brown died just after noon on Friday at St. James Olympia Field Hospital in Chicago. No cause of death has been officially released, but TMZ, citing anonymous sources, reported that Brown had admitted herself to a Chicago hospital for tests after suffering chest pains earlier this week.
“We are very sad to announce the untimely death of beloved Chicago actress DuShon Monique Brown,” said Brown’s manager, Robert Schroeder. “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 has also held 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.