“Chicago Fire” actress DuShon Monique Brown died from sepsis, a blood infection of unknown origin, the Cook County medical examiner's office said Thursday.
Brown, 49, played Connie, the assistant to Chief Boden, on the popular NBC drama. She died March 23 shortly at St. James Olympia Field Hospital. Her agent, Robert Schroeder, said she died of natural causes, but the medical examiner's office had yet to make an official ruling at the time. The medical examiner said Thursday hypertensive cardiovascular disease and obesity were contributing factors to the star's death.
"We are devastated by the loss of a very talented and kindhearted soul," Schroeder said at the time of Brown's death. "She brought laughter and joy to many, and she will be greatly missed."
Dick Wolf, the producer behind the "Chicago" franchise, lamented Brown's death in a statement at the time as well.
"The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon's family and we will all miss her."
DuShon was a film, television, commercial and voice-over actress who also graced the stages of many Chicago theaters, Schroeder said.
Her biography on Grossman & Jack Talent's website lists a litany of her theatre roles—including those at Steppenwolf, Goodman and Chicago theatre companies.
In addition to "Chicago Fire," Brown also appeared in shows such as “Empire,” “Shameless,” “Boss” and “Prison Break” among others.