DuShon Monique Brown, 'Chicago Fire' Actress, Dies at 49

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Brown died Friday in Chicago of natural causes.

DuShon Monique Brown, known for playing Connie on NBC's Chicago Fire, died Friday of natural causes, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 49. 

"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," her manager, Robert Schroeder, said in a statement. “We are devastated by the loss of a very talented and kindhearted soul. DuShon was a film, television, commercial and voiceover 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.”

A Chicago native, she also had a masters in counseling, with a background in social work, according to a Huffington Post interview.

In that same conversation, she expressed her love of working on the show's Chicago set. "I know, for me, I’m not on set every day, but people are always asking me about my kid and how my day is going and they are all so very sweet and kind," she said.

The show's executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement, "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.”

On the film side, Brown also appeared in the Nancy Goodman-helmed comedy Surprise Me! and Valerie Weiss' A Light Beneath Their Feet, among others.

Brown also appeared numerous times on Prison Break, and had guest spots on Empire and Shameless.