DuShon Monique Brown, actress who starred in 'Chicago Fire,' dead at 49

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DuShon Monique Brown's cause of death has not been released, but TMZ reveals that an autopsy is scheduled for today.

Dick Wolf, producer of Chicago Fire, released a statement early Friday evening, March 23, regarding the sudden death of Brown.

Our thoughts are with DuShon's family during this hard time.

DuShon - a Chicago native - has been on "Chicago Fire" since the show started in 2012. "We are devastated by the loss of a very talented and kindhearted soul", he said.

Added Schroeder, "She brought laughter and joy to many, and she will be greatly missed. At this hard time we ask that the privacy of the family and loved ones be respected", he said.

'Chicago Fire' Actor DuShon Monique Brown Dead at 49

The actress was best known for playing Connie, an assistant to Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker), in "Chicago Fire" and the team working on the drama are devastated by her passing. She was pronounced dead around noon.

Brown's death news was also confirmed in an email sent by the principal of Kenwood Academy High School, Gregory Jones to parents.

She also starred opposite How I Met Your Mother alum Cobie Smulders in Unexpected, an independent film that emerged from Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

Brown in Chicago in 1968.

Our thoughts are with Brown's loved ones during this hard time. On Thursday's two-hour episode, she memorably and wordlessly picked up a non-work-related fax for the firehouse gang and simply gave them a long, withering look before handing over the piece of paper. Brown then went on to play Katie Welsh in a reoccurring role in Fox's hit show, Prison Break, which became a well-known role for the actress. Reports are that she suffered an apparent heart attack.

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