DuShon Monique Brown, 'Chicago Fire' actress, dies at 49

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Brown was a veteran of Chicago theatre.

Chicago Fire producer Dick Wolf paid tribute to her, saying in a statement: "The "Chicago Fire" family is devastated to lose one of its own. Our thought and prayers are with DuShon's family and we will all miss her".

Her other credits include the USA version of "Shameless", where she played Teresa, and a guest role in "Empire".

DuShon Monique Brown, best known for her role in Prison Break, has died at the age of 49. But she died on Friday after suffering a cardiac episode.

The death of the 49-year-old actress was confirmed by Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, the Mirror reported.

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Production sources told the site she was admitted to a Chicago hospital just days ago after suffering chest pains. She was given tests and released.

A television actor who portrayed an assistant to a fire chief on "Chicago Fire" fell ill at home and later died at the hospital. She will be most remembered for her performance as Sara Scofield's friend Katie Welch in Prison Break.

DuShon, a Chicago native, had been on "Chicago Fire" since the show's beginning in 2012. She was also on "Prison Break" from 2005 to 2007. "We used to get in so much trouble from the stage managers we worked with because we were cutting up so much", Stillwell said.

Brown was a graduate of Governors State University, with a master's degree in school counseling; she previously served as a crisis counselor at Kenwood Academy High School, where she also led the school's Drama Starz Program.

She is survived by her daughter.

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