Thursday 13 December 2018

Chicago Fire actress DuShon Monique Brown has died aged 49

Dushon Monique Brown on Chicago Fire. NBC
Dushon Monique Brown on Chicago Fire. NBC

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DuShon Monique Brown has died at the age of 49.

The 'Chicago Fire' actress passed away from natural causes on Friday, her representative has confirmed, though the exact details of her passing have not been revealed.

However, sources told TMZ DuShon had admitted herself to a Chicago hospital a few days ago after suffering chest pains, but was released shortly afterwards after undergoing tests. Her family then called paramedics on Friday morning because she was feeling ill, and she was taken to St. James Olympia Field Hospital, where she died around noon.

Her spokesperson, Robert Schroeder, said of the actress' "untimely death": "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 theatres. She brought laughter and joy to many and will be greatly missed."

The actress was best known for playing Connie, an assistant to Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker), in 'Chicago Fire' and the team working on the drama are devastated by her passing.

Executive producer Dick Wolf told the Chicago Tribune newspaper: "The 'Chicago Fire' family is devastated to lose one of its own. Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon's family and we will all miss her."

DuShon - who is survived by a daughter, Zoe - had also previously had roles in 'Empire', 'Shameless' and 'Prison Break' and was well known for her work in Chicago theatre.

Carla Stillwell, a stage actress who first met DuShon in the 1990s, paid tribute to her friend.

She said: "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."

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