‘Chicago P.D.’ Star Sophia Bush Mourns Death of On-Screen Mother Markie Post

by Madison Miller

Former “Chicago P.D.” star Sophia Bush is speaking out on the pain of losing Markie Post, who played her mother on the popular NBC crime drama.

Markie Post has been battling cancer for about four years before she passed away tragically in early August. Post was 70 years old and the entertainment world mourned the beloved motherly figure.

Sophia Bush posted an emotional tribute for her co-star on August 8.

She wrote that she was “devastated” and “crushed” and called Post a “ray of sunshine.”

“Markie was the kind of set momma who made you feel invincible and gave you permission to be vulnerable and tender. I’ll never forget that mystical power. That rare duality,” Bush wrote poetically.

The two worked together on “Chicago P.D.,” however Bush’s admiration for her co-star went far beyond the NBC drama. She wrote about some of her other career accomplishments and even called her a “TV icon.”

Markie Post was known for a number of standout roles in her decades-long career. Some of these include “There’s Something About Mary,” “Night Court,” “The Fall Guy,” and “Transformers Prime,” amongst others. She also had a role in several Christmas movies over the years. One of which was “Christmas on the Bayou.” Post portrays the mom of Hilarie Burton’s character. Burton starred alongside Sophia Bush in the popular teen drama, “One Tree Hill.”

Burton commented on the post and wrote, “Sister. I hope we grow up to be just like her. Huge amounts of love to her real daughters.”

Sophia Bush and Markie Post

Sophia Bush is known for her strong activism and feminist beliefs and is all-in-all incredibly outspoken. Markie Post was an exceptional role model.

“When I lived in a box that made it deeply difficult to be a woman who could exist as one … and … breathe? Markie came in with arms to envelop me and eyes that fired both kindness and lightning storms into the room as she held me, and likewise called other women into her safe space. She did it all with a smile and a laugh, and with more wisdom than most of us could ever hope to learn or muster,” Bush also wrote.

Post and Bush left “Chicago P.D.” in 2017. Despite battling cancer, Post was insistent on still acting because she loved it. She appeared in different Lifetime movies and had a role in “The Kids Are Alright.”

Her family announced her death and spoke about her generosity and charisma outside of her life as an actor.

“But for us, our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments and showed us how to be kind, loving and forgiving in an often harsh world,” her family said, according to CNN.

Sophia Bush ended her tribute by urging people to “hug the people you love,” which is a tragically true representation of the last year of death and devastation. The popular actress recently shared the news that she’s engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Grant Hughes.