The friends, family, and fans of DuShon Monique Brown, who played Chief Boden's assistant Connie on the hit TV show Chicago Fire, were hoping to get some closure when her cause of death was finally revealed. Unfortunately, the information released on May 31 has only caused more confusion. TMZ reports that the 49-year-old actress died of sepsis from an unknown origin, so it's still unknown how her blood got infected and lead to her untimely passing, though obesity and high blood pressure also contributed to the condition.
The sad news of her passing first broke on March 23. DuShon had sought out medical help recently for chest pains days earlier. Docs released her, but then she went into cardiac arrest in her home. According to the Chicago Tribune, she passed away "a little after 12 p.m. at St. James Olympia Field Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office."
DuShon has been on the cast of Chicago Fire since the very start of the show in 2012. The show is currently in the middle of its sixth season, and DuShon will likely be seen in several more episodes to come. "The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own,” EP Dick Wolf said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon's family and we will all miss her.” She also spent two years on the show Prison Break from 2005 until 2007.
DuShon was more than just an actress. She was a beloved mom, sister, and school counselor in Chicago. On top of being the school's crisis counselor, she also lead the Drama Starz Program and was a beloved member of the community. The principal even sent out an email to parents so they could let their kids know. Our heart goes out to DuShon's family in this terrible time, and we hope they get the answers they deserve.