DuShon Monique Brown Dies; Chicago Fire Star Was 49

Tragic news today out of the world of television:

DuShon Monique Brown, a veteran actress who had been a series regular on Chicago Fire since the inception of the NBC drama, has died of an apparent heart attack.

She was 49 years old.

Production sources tell TMZ that Brown admitted herself to an Illinois hospital a few days ago after suffering chest pains; she was reportedly tested at the time and then released.

But things then took a drastic and deadly turn on Friday.

The actress suffered some kind of cardiac episode and was found dead inside her home in Chicago.

The NBC star was a native of The Windy City who had portrayed Connie, the assistant to Chef Boden, since the very first episode of Chicago Fire.

She also appeared on Prison Break from 2005 through 2007.

Television fans may also recognize Brown from stints on Empire and Shameless.

Said Chicago Fire producer Dick Wolf upon learning of Brown’s stunning and untimely passing:

“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.”

Along with her acting career, Brown had a background in social work and a Masters in Counseling. She once worked as a counselor at a local high school.

According to her IMDB page, she was also an accomplished violinist who played with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

This same page lists a few other facts about the late star.

To wit:

– Her nickname was “shoo-shoo.”

– She attended the same high school as Michelle Obama.

– Her mom is a retired social worker and her dad is a retired math teacher.

– She inspired to perform after seeing the film version of The WIZ at age seven.

Most importantly, and sadly, she leaves behind a daughter named Zoe, who actually appeared with her mother in a 2007 Super Bowl commercial for Frito Lay.

It’s unknown at this time just how Chicago Fire will wrote Brown’s character out of the series.

It’s also matters very little at the moment.

Our thoughts go out to the actress’ friends, family members and loved ones.

May DuShon Monique Brown rest in peace.


Duggar Family: Under Fire For Condoning Child Abuse

When Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth back in May, very little was known about Austin’s family.

Duggar obsessives did some digging – as they’re wont to do – and for the most part, what they found was not surprising.

As is the case with most Duggar in-laws, Austin comes from a family that’s very similar to the one he married into.

Like Jim Bob and Michelle, Austin’s parents are deeply religious and extremely conservative.

And the similarities don’t end there.

Both families subscribe to some esoteric and highly controversial beliefs, including the conviction that it’s their God-given duty to have as many children as possible – and to raise those children in an extremely strict fashion.

Over the years, the Duggars have been chastised for their support of parenting techniques that have been derided as violent and barbaric.

Many of their more controversial practices come from a scandalous parenting guide by authors Michael and Debi Pearl, entitled To Train Up a Child.

In addition to their support for “blanket training” and other forms of harsh corporal punishment adopted by the Duggars, the Pearls advocate other techniques that many regard as abusive, including using forced “fasting” as a means of punishment:

“A little fasting is good training,” the book reads.

“If you get a child who is particularly finicky and only eats a limited diet, then feed him mainly what he doesn’t like until he likes it.”

Within a year of the book’s publication, copies of To Train Up a Child were found in the homes of three different who died from child abuse.

Needless to say, unlike the time Jessa Duggar put a tortilla on her son’s head, this is a serious matter, and outrage from Duggar fans is fully warranted.

Perhaps that’s why the Duggars distanced themselves from the Pearl’s teachings – until recently.

As Counting On viewers are aware, the Forsyths own a campground in rural Arkansas that caters to families and religious groups.

Next month, the camp will host the annual Big Sandy Family Conference, a massive gathering of fundamentalist Christian families.

“Whether making new friendships with other families or rekindling relationships from previous years, the conference is an annual highlight for many,” reads an advertisement on the Forsyth’s website.

It all sounds innocent enough, but as many fans have noticed, the conference will feature appearances by Jim Bob and Michelle – as well as the Pearls.

“The Duggars humbly share their joys and trials, desiring to minister to other families who desire God’s best, even when their lives take unexpected turns,” reads a brief write-up about the Duggars on the campground’s website.

Jim Bob and Michelle’s message is still the same: trust in the Lord.”

The portion about the Pearls is even shorter and identifies them as the authors of several bestselling books.

While it seems that the Forsyths are trying to downplay both the Pearls’ controversial teachings and the couple’s connection to the Duggars, fans were quick to cry foul.

“I don’t believe in abusing children so I would never go to hear the Pearls,” one fan commented on the Duggars’ Facebook post about the event.

Several others echoed the sentiment, and those who were unaware that Michelle condoned such abusive techniques as blanket training were quick to express shock.

Needless to say, the Duggars will probably soon regret re-associating with the Pearls.

Unfortunately, it’s probably too late to pull out of the Forsyths big event.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


Kate Gosselin: Under Fire for Dog-Daughter Kissing Photo (Yes, For Real!)

With apologies to Donald Trump and Jenelle Evans, Kate Gosselin may be the most hated person in America.

We aren’t exactly fans of the reality star and multiple-time mother, but the grief Gosselin often faces online has built to such an extreme that we almost feel badly for her.

Almost, we said.

Let’s not get carried away here.

Over the past few months, Gosselin has shared a number of photos online that has resulted in her getting dragged left and right on social media.

There was the time she posted a throwback picture of her twins in celebration of their birthday, for instance, only for haters to label Mady and Cara as “mean” and “entitled.”

There was also the time she shared a seemingly innocent picture of her kids on Halloween, only for haters to wonder about the absence of Collin.

(Neither Kate nor ex-husband Jon have provided any detail on the location or status of 13-year old Collin, who is enrolled in a program away from home for behavioral issues.)

However, this latest Kate Gosselin-related scandal may be the most ridiculous of all-time.

It starts and ends with this image:

Wrote Gosselin as a caption to this snapshot of her German Shepherd kissing her daughter, Alexis:

“The love between my human children and my furry children continues to melt my heart on a daily basis!

“Mak just can’t love us enough – and we feel the same about him! We adore him!”

Any regular clicker on Gosselin’s Instagram page can vouch for this statement, as nearly every other photo is of a canine.

But that isn’t really the point at the moment.

The point, according to Internet users who just really want to be outraged over something, is that Gosselin is a bad mother because she let her kid get kissed on the mouth by a dog.

Just consider these actual comments left in response to the picture in question:

I love animals, but even doctors say don’t kiss them or let them lick you in the mouth. They put their noses and mouths everywhere we don’t want to know. Just saying.

For someone who was such a germaphobe, I’m surprised you allow your dogs to lick your kids mouths.

I love my fur babies but I also don’t kiss them on the mouth…. seriously. They lick their own butt….eeek.

It’s definitely clear at this point that Kate can’t win when it comes to trolls such as these.

Some people just can’t get over the way she treated her former husband or her kids on either of her reality shows.

And we get it.

Some of the stories surrounding Gosselin make her sound anything but stable.

But you’ve gotta pick your battles, people.

If you criticize absolutely everything she does, you’ll be left with nothing to say when Gosselin truly deserves your ire.

Sometimes it’s best to ignore, move on… and then really go on the offensive when Gosselin inevitably earns some Internet scorn.