Gabby Dawson is leaving 'Chicago Fire', and we can't take the pain

'Chicago Fire' original cast member Monica Raymund confirmed on Twitter that she is leaving NBC’s firefighter drama just six days after the show was renewed for its seventh run

                            Gabby Dawson is leaving 'Chicago Fire', and we can't take the pain
Monica Raymund (Source:Getty Images)

NBC's 'Chicago Fire' is bound to return for another season, but one of its main stars has confirmed her exit. In a handwritten note, Monica Raymund, who plays Gabby Dawson, bid farewell to her fans confirming that the 31-year-old actress is leaving the show ahead of its seventh season.

"It has been an honour to play Dawson on 'Chicago Fire' and one of the most meaningful experiences of my life," she wrote to fans on Twitter. The Juilliard graduate reportedly moved from Manhattan to Chicago six years ago to bring Ambulance 61 Paramedic in Charge Gabriela Dawson Casey to life.

"I am so thankful for the journey and especially to all of you for watching, but I have made the decision that it's time for me to move on to the next chapter in life," she further wrote to her 177k followers.

"I'll always be proud to have played a fierce paramedic with such an incredible cast and crew. On to the next! See you on the ice," she further addressed. Last March, she had teased her fans that she has already secured a secret new project happening in the near future.

Monica Raymund attends the NBCUniversal 2016 Upfront Presentation on May 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)


While we do not know what may unfurl in the upcoming season of 'Chicago Fire'. The season six finale hinted at a possible break-up between Gabby and Matthew Casey, played by Jesse Spencer.  In an ending note, they had a major argument and Gabby was offered a job opportunity away from Chicago. This may serve as a perfect chance to seamlessly write the character out or it could be a problematic cliffhanger. But word has it that Monica's contract expired and her character will conveniently be joining the relief efforts in Puerto Rico despite marrying Captain Matthew Casey.

Her exit announcement comes six days after NBC renewed 'Chicago Fire' for a 23-episode seventh season. On another news, the good ones, Spencer and Taylor Kinney (Kelly Severide) have both extended their contracts and will appear in season seven. Spin-off series 'Chicago PD' and 'Chicago Med' have also been renewed at NBC.