Sean Casten (Illinois Congressman) announced Monday that his teenage daughter had died.
Casten’s congressional office reported that Gwen Casten (17), had died Monday morning, but didn’t provide any further information.
Casten loved Gwen. During this “heartbreaking moment”, the family requested privacy.
Police in Downers Grove, Illinois, said they were called to the Casten home around 6:48 a.m. for an unresponsive 17-year-old female and determined that she was deceased.
This morning, Congressman Casten’s beloved daughter, Gwen (17), passed away. The Casten family requests privacy, and we will be issuing no further comment during this heartbreaking time.
— Rep. Sean Casten (@RepCasten) June 14, 2022
The DuPage County Coroner responded immediately and is currently investigating the cause of death.
Casten’s campaign posted Gwen’s photo in February. They wrote, “It’s been an amazing year for the Casten family!” Gwen Casten’s daughter will be voting in her first election. She was able to sign the petition on behalf of her father.
It’s a big year in the Casten household! Sean’s daughter will be voting in her first election and was able to sign the petition for her dad.
— Team Sean Casten (@VoteCasten) February 2, 2022
Casten is seeking a third term in Congress in Illinois’ newly redrawn 6th district. Congresswoman Marie Newman is running for the same seat in the upcoming election. Her campaign issued a statement about the death of Casten’s daughter.
“My heart breaks for the Castens for the tragic loss of their daughter,” Newman said that he was sending his thoughts and prayers to Sean Casten and Kara Casten.