‘Prison Break’ and ‘Chicago Fire’ star DuShon Monique Brown has died, aged 49

DuShon Monique Brown, best known for her role in Prison Break, has died at the age of 49.

The actress passed away yesterday (March 23) at St. James Olympia Field Hospital, the Cook County medical examiner’s spokesperson confirmed.

Brown’s first recurring role was on Prison Break as Fox River confidant Katie Welch – appearing in 13 episodes of the show.

The actress also played Connie in NBC’s long-running drama Chicago Fire and had previous guest roles in the US adaptation of Shameless and Empire.

“The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own,” Dick Wolf, executive producer of the show said in a statement on Friday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with DuShon’s family and we will all miss her.”

Before acting on the small screen, Brown was prominent in the Chicago theatre scene while working as a crisis counsellor at a high school in the city. She was also head of the school’s drama programme.

Friend and fellow theatre actor Carla Stillwell told The Chicago Tribune: “She was a brilliant actor, but she was also so goofy. We used to get in so much trouble from the stage managers we worked with because we were cutting up so much. She was just a ham. And she was truly loved.”