We have an update on the unexpected death of DuShon Monique Brown.
As previously reported, the veteran Chicago Fire actress passed away in March at the relatively young age of 49.
At the time, sources reported that Brown had admitted herself to a hospital due to chest pains a few days before she left us, prompting a widespread belief that she died of a heart attach.
But People Magazine and TMZ now cite a representative for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office who says Brown actually died from sepsis of unknown etiology.
This is an infection of the blood of unknown origin.
Contributing factors, according to this update, include hypertensive cardiovascular disease and obesity, per the same Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
This is what the world-renowned Mayo Clinic has to say about sepsis:
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.
This inflammation can trigger a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail.
Septis also often hits after a wound is left untreated, which means this diagnosis leaves many questions left unanswered.
Brown, who played Connie, the assistant to Chief Boden, starred on Chicago Fire since the series premiere.
The actress, who was also a native of Chicago, also appeared on Prison Break from 2005 through 2007.
Other television roles from which you may recognize Brown include stints on Shameless and Empire.
“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,” said producer Dick Wolf in March upon learning of this awful news.
The Chicago Tribune reported shortly after Brown died that she had an extensive theater background, acting in multiple theater stages such as the Goodman, Lookingglass, Drury Lane, MPAACT, Victory Gardens and Pegasus Players
She was accomplished violinist who played with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and she once worked as a counselor at a high school…
… and actually attended the same high school herself as Michelle Obama.
Brown left behind a daughter named Zoe.
May she rest in peace.