The entertainment industry lost another talent with the passing of actress DuShon Monique Brown.
She died shortly after noon Friday at St. James Olympia Hospital in Illinois, Chicago, according to Robert Schroeder, Brown's representative.
Brown's last role was on the hit NBC show Chicago Fire, in which she portrayed Connie, the no-nonsense assistant to Chief Boden. Prior to joining the show in 2012, she had roles in Shameless, Empire, and Prison Break from 2005 to 2007.
"We are devastated by the loss of a very talented and kindhearted soul," Schroeder said in a statement. "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."
Chicago Fire producer Dick Wolf also issued a moving statement following the actress's death.
"The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon's family and we will all miss her."
Wolf's sentiments were echoed by some of the other cast and crew members, including Jesse Spencer and Derek Haas. Brown, who was a mother of one, was regarded as a maternal figure by her colleagues.
"Our beautiful Dushon Monique Brown passed away on Friday. You will be sorely missed by your family and ourselves," tweeted Spencer. "Thanks for all the great laughs we had. Love."
"Very sad to hear about DuShon's passing yesterday. I'm grateful we got to work with her and so happy she got to make millions of people smile," Haas wrote. "She will be greatly missed."
Schroeder told media outlets that Brown died of natural causes. TMZ reported that the actress had previously shown signs of an illness, but the symptoms weren't treated and her condition escalated.