U.S. Congressman’s 17-Year-Old Daughter Died Early Morning at Home

Illinois Congressman Sean Casten’s 17-year-old daughter Gwen Casten died Monday morning, his office announced.

The U.S. representative’s office released a short statement that said the teen passed away.

“This morning, Congressman Casten’s beloved daughter, Gwen (17), passed away,” Casten’s office said. “The Casten family requests privacy, and we will be issuing no further comment during this heartbreaking time.”

Gwen Casten cause of death

Gwen died inside the family’s Downers Grove home, according to local police.

Downers Grove police were called to respond to a report of an “unresponsive” 17-year-old girl at a home on the block where Casten lives just before 7 a.m.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gwen Casten healthy
Gwen Casten on May 1, 2022

Gwen Casten University

Gwen was slated to attend the University of Vermont. She starred in a digital political ad for her father that was released less than two weeks ago; in it, she blew out cake candles for an 18th birthday.

A member of the Democratic Party, Sean Casten has been a strident advocate for getting vaccinated. The date of his daughter’s booster shot has yet to be disclosed.

Gwen Casten voting rights

Gwen Casten’s mother is the fully vaccinated Kara Quirk.

Sean Casten's wife vaccinated

Gwen Casten fully vaccinated family

Sean Casten earned a Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology and biochemistry from Middlebury College in 1993. He then worked for two years as a scientist at the Tufts University School of Medicine. In 1998, he earned a Master of Engineering Management and a Master of Science in biochemical engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

UPDATE: The congressman publicly confirmed on Wednesday that his daughter did in fact die in her sleep.

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