Chicago PD has been on NBC for a decade, and has provided roles for lots of talented actors in that time. Whether talking about series regulars, guest stars, or supporting players, the police drama has been consistent when it comes to finding the right person for the job.
The quality, coupled with the familial atmosphere of Chicago PD, is what makes the passing of some of these actors so tragic. We wanted to take some time out to appreciate the PD players who were gone much too soon.
Chicago PD cast deaths
Markie Post is beloved TV presence, with starring roles in shows like Night Court (1985-92) and Hearts Afire (1992-95) to her name. She was a huge get for PD early on, and she didn’t disappoint, bringing a charisma and a memorability to the part of Barbara “Bunny” Fletcher.
Post appeared in a total of 18 episodes between 2014 and 2017, though her screen time lessened after her onscreen daughter, Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush), left the show. According to Deadline, Post spent the last couple years of her life battling cancer, and she eventually passed away on Aug. 7, 2021. She was 70 years old.
Another cast member who recently passed was Anne Heche. As the star of massive blockbusters like I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and The Other Guys (2010), Heche was another big acquisition when she joined PD in 2018. She played Deputy Superintendent Katherine Brennan, a morally complicated ally (and sometimes enemy) of the IU over the span of 11 episodes.
Sadly, Heche died under tragic circumstances on August 11, 2022. She was involved in a fiery car crash that caused massive injuries, and despite being rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles, she was pronounced dead one week later. She was 53.
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While there was initially speculation as to whether Heche had narcotics in her system, a coroner’s report confirmed that she was in fact sober at the time.
Heche’s Chicago PD co-star, Jon Seda, posted a tribute to the actress on Instagram. “This is so sad,” he wrote. “I was fortunate to work with her briefly on Chicago PD. She truly elevated the show. A joy to be around on and off screen. May she RIP.”
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