'Chicago Fire' Actress DuShon Monique Brown Has Died

DuShon Monique Brown | YOUTUBE

DuShon Monique Brown | YOUTUBE

DuShon Monique Brown, best known for her role in Prison Break, has died at the age of 49.

Brown passed away on Friday, March 23 shortly after noon at Franciscan St. James Health Olympia Fields, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office (via The Chicago Tribune). She also was a Chicago Public Schools counselor, meaning that she was even more connected to that community than many others were. "Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShons family and we will all miss her", he said in a statement.

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Robert Schroeder, DuShon's manager, also shared his sentiments regarding the fallen star.

Her spokesperson said, " "untimely death": "We are devastated by the loss of a very talented and kindhearted soul". "She brought laughter and joy to many, and she will be greatly missed". Please join us in offering DuShon and family support during this very hard time. She was then taken to the hospital, where she passed away. Hearing the news, the school principal Gregory Jones sent emails to parents about the actress' death. Her passing was sudden and saddening, and now the rest of the cast who knew her and cared about her is doing everything that they can to give back. Prior to her role as Connie, Brown had appeared on Prison Break as Nurse Katie Welch from 2005 to 2007.

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A longtime Chicago stage actor, Brown performed at the Goodman, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass, Drury Lane, MPAACT and Pegasus Players.

Brown also had guest roles on the U.S. version of Shameless and Kelsey Grammer's political thriller Boss. Noting her master's degree in counseling and background in social work, reporter Andrew Cristi jokingly asked how she'd feel about a spinoff called "Chicago Ed" or "Chicago Shelter", to which she replied: "I'm there!"

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