The cast of Chicago Fire has always positioned itself as a close-knit family. Actors will often become friends during production, and stay friends well after one of them have left the show. It’s a closeness that helps to sell the friendships of characters onscreen, but it also makes the losses that the cast suffers all the more tragic.
Like all shows, Chicago Fire has had cast members die in real-life. The deaths of characters pale in the show pales in comparison to these real-life losses, so we wanted to set aside and pay tribute to those who have gone too soon.
Chicago Fire cast deaths
Despite only being in five episodes, Molly Glynn left a big impression on Chicago Fire. She played an ER doctor who treated injured patients that the 51 team recovered. Glynn’s life was tragically cut short when she was riding a bike with her husband, Joe Foust, in Chicago’s Erickson Woods.
She was struck by a falling tree while on the bike, and despite being rushed to Evanston Hospital, she died as a result of her injuries the following day. Foust confirmed the tragic news via Facebook on September 6, 2014.
“Friends, this is the darkest day of my life,” he wrote. “Things will never be the same. Molly got hit by a falling tree while we were biking.” The widower later added: “Love hard, people. Love hard.”
Glynn was only 46 years old.
DuShon Monique Brown was a familiar face on Chicago Fire. She played Connie, the assistant to Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker), and she appeared in 59 episodes between 2012 and 2018. She had terrific chemistry with Walker and the rest of the cast, but her character was written off, with the reasoning being that she left the 51 to work as a counselor.
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The real reason was much sadder. Brown died suddenly, in March 2018. While the cause of death was initially unclear, it was later determined that the actress had died from sepsis, which is a form of blood infection.
Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas intended for Brown’s character exit to be a tribute from the cast and crew. “I wrote it as what I wanted to say,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “We didn’t get a chance to say goodbye, but she was loved.” Brown was 49.
Longtime fans remember Tuesday, the Dalmatian who served as Chicago Fire‘s unofficial mascot. Tuesday debuted in season 7, and brought levity to the show through her interactions with Ritter (Daniel Kyri) and her general presence (she was even at Stellaride’s wedding).
Sadly, Tuesday died from kidney issues in May 2022. The dog was only four years old, and had just wrapped shooting on the aforementioned wedding episode days earlier.
“Heartbroken to learn my little buddy is gone,” Kyri wrote in an Instagram Story. “Sending all my love to her trainer today. I got to spend time with her on set & do all the fun stuff, but you took care of her when the cameras weren’t rolling. Love you, Tues!”
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