Assistant to Chief Boden on the long-running NBC hit “Chicago Fire," the no-nonsense Connie, played by DuShon Monique Brown, always keeps everyone in check. On Friday, Brown died a little after noon at Franciscan St. James Health Olympia Fields, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was 49.
Production sources tell us Brown admitted herself to a Chicago hospital a few days ago after suffering chest pains, we’re told she went through tests but was released a short time later.
Things apparently took a turn for the worse Friday … our sources say Brown died at home after some type of cardiac episode.
DuShon — a Chicago native — has been on “Chicago Fire" since the show started in 2012. She playedConnie, the assistant to Chief Boden. She was also on “Prison Break" from 2005 to 2007.
DuShon has a background in social work and a Masters in Counseling and once worked as a counselor at a local high school.
DuShon’s manager Robert Schroeder, released the following statement:
We are very sad to announce the untimely death of beloved Chicago actress DuShon Monique Brown. 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.
Dick Wolf released a statement to E! News saying the “Chicago Fire" family is “devastated" by DuShon’s untimely passing.
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.