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Congressman Sean Casten’s daughter dies aged 17: Teen is pronounced dead at family home

Daughter of Congresswoman Sean Casten dies aged 17: Teen is pronounced dead at home – days after her father spoke of his ‘enormous pride’ after organizing training on how to save someone’s life from a gunshot wound

  • The 17-year-old daughter of Sean Casten’s representative, Gwen Casten, died Monday morning
  • Teen died at family home in Downers Grove, local police said
  • Days before her death, Casten said he was ‘hugely proud’ of his daughter

Congresswoman Sean Casten’s 17-year-old daughter, Gwen, died Monday morning at their childhood home.

The Chicago Democrat’s office in the suburbs said the Casten family requested privacy after Gwen passed away without giving any further details about her death.

“This morning Congresswoman Casten’s beloved daughter, Gwen, 17, passed away. The Casten family asks for privacy and we will not comment at this heartbreaking time,” the office said Monday.

The teen died at the Downers Grove family home, police told the Chicago Tribune

Downers Grove officers were called to the house just before 7am “for an unresponsive 17-year-old woman,” police said. ‘First responders determined that the subject had died.’

Gwen was active in the political sphere, following in her father’s footsteps by fighting for social causes – such as gun control – that she was passionate about.

Her death comes just days after Rep. Casten, 50, said he was “hugely proud” of Gwen after she took the initiative to host a “Stop the Bleed” training session at her school so kids could learn how to wrap a gunshot wound during a shooting. at school.

Illinois Congressman Sean Casten's 17-year-old daughter Gwen (pictured) died Monday morning at their childhood home

Illinois Congressman Sean Casten’s 17-year-old daughter Gwen (pictured) died Monday morning at their childhood home

The teen died Monday morning at the family's home in Downers Grove.  Pictured: Gwen and her father at a Pride event

The teen died Monday morning at the family’s home in Downers Grove. Pictured: Gwen and her father at a Pride event

“I am extremely proud that my daughter took the initiative to organize this, and I am deeply ashamed that we as a country make it the responsibility of children aged 15, 16 and 17 to do what sitting United States senators cannot do.” have the courage to do it yourself,” Rep. Casten told Newsy.

Gwen also co-directed the March For Our Lives Illinois chapter, a youth-led movement focused on tackling gun violence.

The teen can also be seen in a campaign video supporting her father, who is running for a third term in Congress against incumbent Democrat Rep. Marie Newman.

Sean Casten with wife Kara and daughters including Gwen (second from right)

Sean Casten with wife Kara and daughters including Gwen (second from right)

Her death comes just days after Rep.  Casten, 50, said he was

Her death comes just days after Rep. Casten, 50, said he was “hugely proud” of Gwen after she took the initiative to host a “Stop the Bleed” training session at her school so kids could learn how to wrap a gunshot wound during a shooting. at school

Casten’s campaign tweeted in February a photo of the Democrat with Gwen holding a petition in her hand.

‘It’s a big year in the Casten household! Sean’s daughter will vote in her first election and was able to sign the petition for her father,” his campaign tweeted.

Shortly before Casten’s office announced Gwen’s death, his campaign asked Illinois TV stations to immediately take his campaign spots off the air until further notice, he reported. CBS News Chicago

Casten takes on Newman in the newly redrawn 6th congressional district.

Newman said in a statement Monday night: “My heart breaks for the Casten family for the devastating loss of their daughter. My prayers are with Sean, Kara and the entire Casten family.”

The Newman campaign is “working to immediately end all comparative paid communications,” the statement said.

Casten and his wife Kara have two daughters together.

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