49-Year-Old Actress Dies Days After Being Released From Hospital


Actress DuShon Monique Brown passed away a little after noon on Friday at Franciscan St. James Health Olympia Fields. She was 49 years old.

Earlier this week, Brown was suffering from chest pains and admitted herself to a Chicago hospital. She was released later in the week but died Friday after a cardiac episode.

Her cause of death has not yet been disclosed. Brown is survived by her daughter Zoe.

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On NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” Brown played Connie, Battalion Chief Wallace Boden’s secretary. She appeared in 53 episodes.

She also played Nurse Katie Welch on the first two seasons of Fox’s “Prison Break.”

“Chicago Fire” Executive producer Dick Wolf told the Chicago Tribune, “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.”

Brown’s manager Robert Schroeder added, “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.”

She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a graduate degree from Governors State University.

In the past, Brown worked as a counselor at Kenwood Academy High School and led the Drama Starz Program there.

Fellow actress Carla Stillwell remembers Brown as a “brilliant actor, but she was also so goofy”

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“We used to get in so much trouble from the stage managers we worked with because we were cutting up so much,” Stillwell said. “She was just a ham. And she was truly loved.”

Brown will make her final appearance on screen as Commander Roberta in the TV movie “Public Housing Unit” that will be released later this year.

Our thoughts are with Brown’s family during this difficult time.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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