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Chicago Fire Fans Mourned the Death of DuShon Monique Brown

Fans of the hit TV series Chicago Fire woke up in disbelief when they heard the news of DuShon Monique Brown’s death. The renowned actress died at the age of 49 last Friday in Illinois.

Early Life

Brown was born on November 30, 1968, and raised in Chicago. She graduated from Governors State University and acquired the degree in school counseling. She previously worked as a guidance counselor and drama instructor at  Kenwood Academy High School before she entered the showbiz industry.

DuShon worked as a former guidance counselor before she becoming an actress

Brown debuted her first performance on a TV-series turned movie entitled Skin Complex in 2003. Her performance clicked to the mass audience that landed her the role of Nurse Katie Welch in the hit Fox series Prison Break from 2005 to 2007. She also starred in several movies such as The Dilemma in 2011 and in the romantic comedy One Small Hitch in 2012.

Brown’s Biggest Break

She landed her biggest break when she became a part of the hit TV series Chicago Fire in the same year. Brown played the recurring role of Connie in about 53 episodes throughout the show. She made her last appearance in an episode entitled “Law of the Jungle” last February 1. Connie was the secretary of Wallace Boden and she mainly took care of the Firehouse 51 firefighter’s paperwork.

Brown appeared in a Hidden Remote Interview last November 2016

Like Connie, she saw herself as a mother, aunt, and teacher to her younger teams. She saw Connie as the boss’ working wife and the cast relied on her for help. Moreover, she shared her excitement when they asked her about an upcoming spin-off series called Chicago Ed or Chicago Shelter. The said spinoff series would feature counseling and social work that was in-line with her original profession. If she became part of the spinoff, she would work not only as an actress but as a consultant too!   

Brown’s Late-Career

After her successful stint in Chicago Fire, in 2013, she guests starred in Shameless. Two years later, she landed roles in A Light Beneath the Tree, Empire, and Unexpected. Her projects continued until 2017 where she starred in Electric Dreams, a comedy film entitled Surprise Me!, an adaptation of the Nancy Goodman’s book (which also served as the Director and Writer of the film), and the TV-movie Public Housing Unit.

Brown’s Mysterious Death

Just before Brown passed away, she went to St. James Olympia Hospital after experiencing chest pains. She got released from the hospital on the same day since her tests yielded negative results. However, Brown was rushed to the same hospital on March 23, 2018, and died hours after, leaving behind her daughter Zoe. The Cook County Coroner scheduled an autopsy a day after to determine her sudden cause of death.

The Director of Chicago Fire Dick Wolf confirmed Brown’s death and expressed his condolences to the bereaved family. The entire team was devastated when they’ve lost an amazing family member such as Brown. They sent their thoughts and prayers to Brown’s family stating that they were going to miss her awesome character and her contributions to the series’ success.

Fans All Over the World Mourned For Brown’s Death

Yuri increased the fundraising goal up to $20,000 to help Brown’s family in coping up this difficult time in their lives

The Chicago Fire stars grieved for her death. They expressed their condolences on Twitter and her one co-star, Yuri Sardarov, even set up a GoFundMe page for Brown to help the bereaved family in paying the cost of Brown’s funeral arrangements.

The amount accumulated could also help in easing the financial burden the family must shoulder.  Thousands of fans all over the world donated to express their sympathy for their idol’s death. And as of now, the campaign accumulated an astounding amount of $18,776 in just 9 days!

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