AceShowbiz - DuShon Monique Brown died after suffering an apparent heart attack on Friday, March 23. According to the Cook County medical examiner's office, DuShon died shortly after 12:00 P.M. at St. James Olympia Field Hospital. She was 49.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that DuShon was at home on Friday morning when her family called paramedics after she uttered feeling ill. Then, she was taken to the hospital and died that noon. Medical examiner is conducting investigation on her death.
Some sources revealed that DuShon admitted herself to a Chicago hospital after she felt pain on her chest a few days ago. She went through tests, but was released in a short time.
"Chicago Fire" producer Dick Wolf, on behalf of cast and crew, sent his condolences to the actress' family. He stated, "The 'Chicago Fire' family is devastated to lose one of its own. Our thought and prayers are with DuShon's family and we will all miss her."
In a statement to HollywoodLife.com, her manager said, "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."
DuShon had a background in social work and a Masters in Counseling. She once worked as a crisis counselor and led the Drama Starz Program at Kenwood Academy High School. Hearing the news, the school principal Gregory Jones sent emails to parents about the actress' death.
DuShon had been on "Chicago Fire" since its debut on October 10, 2012. She played Connie, the assistant to Chief Boden. In an interview with Hidden Remote, she talked about her character on the series, saying, "My character didn't even have a name. She was a noun. She was Secretary and it was a one-liner. What was exciting was it was auditioning for a Chicago show, but it was also the possibility that she could maybe develop into something. Because coincidentally, I started out on another Chicago based-show called 'Prison Break' (where) my character did not have a name. She was called Nurse and she started out on a one-liner. Both of them were characters that were subordinates, telling their immediate supervisors that they had an appointment."