Chicago Fire star DuShon Monique Brown died from sepsis, according to medical examiner's report
According to the medical examiner’s office, Brown's death was revealed to be a result of high blood pressure and obesity, among other contributing factors
It has been two months since Chicago Fire star DuShon Monique Brown passed away suddenly, but now we know what caused the actress to leave the world in such an unexpected manner. According to E! News, the actress died from sepsis of an unknown etiology, which is as an infection of the blood of unknown origin.
Healthline describes the disease as, "Sepsis develops when the chemicals the immune system releases into the bloodstream to fight an infection cause inflammation throughout the entire body instead."
Brown used to star on the NBC show as Connie, the assistant to Chief Boden, since 2012, but was found dead in Illinois on March 23, at the ripe age of 49, confirms reports. According to TMZ, Brown had sought the help of a medical practitioner just a few days before her death with regards to her chest pains.
According to the medical examiner’s office, Brown's death was revealed to be a result of high blood pressure and obesity, among other contributing factors which are usually related to a death by sepsis. In the United States alone, at least 250,000 Americans die every year due to this fatal disease.
At the time of her death, executive producer Dick Wolf shared 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."
Along with Wolf, Brown's manager, Robert Schroeder too paid tribute to his former client in a statement of his own that 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".
He went on to add, "We are devastated by the loss of a very talented and kindhearted soul. DuShon was a film, television, commercial and voice-over 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."
Carla Stillwell, a theater actress who had met DuShon while the two were in college, spoke about her talent and the type of person she was.
“She was a brilliant actor, but she was also so goofy. We used to get in so much trouble from the stage managers we worked with because we were cutting up so much,” Carla said. “She was just a ham, and she was truly loved.”
DuShon has done a variety of role during her career. She previously recurred as Katie Welch on Fox’s 'Prison Break' and recently guest-starred on Philip K Dick’s 'Electric Dreams' for Amazon. She is survived by her daughter, Zoe Brown.