Illinois Congressman Sean Casten’s 17-year-old daughter, Gwen Casten, died Monday morning, his office said.
The US representative’s office released a brief statement saying the teenager had passed away but gave no further details.
“This morning, Congressman Casten’s beloved daughter, Gwen, 17, passed away,” Casten’s office said. “The Casten family requests privacy and we will have no further comment at this heartbreaking time.”
Gwen died at the family home in Downers Grove, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing local police.
Downers Grove Police were called to respond to a report of an “unresponsive” 17-year-old girl at a house on the block where Casten lives just before 7am. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the outlet.
Gwen followed in her father’s footsteps and fought for social causes close to her heart, as evidenced by her social media shows.
according to her Twitter bioGwen served as co-director of the March For Our Lives Illinois chapter.
She also appeared in a campaign video in support of her father’s running for a third term in Congress.
Just 10 days ago, Rep. Casten mentioned how proud he was of his daughter and her work in organizing a “Stop the Bleed” training session at her school in a radio interview.
He said he was “enormously proud” that Gwen took the initiative to organize the training, but he was ashamed that teenagers would have to do something like this when Congress failed to take responsibility for the country’s gun and mass shooting problem .
Casten’s campaign called on all Illinois television networks to immediately pull his campaign spots off the air until further notice, shortly before his office announced Gwen’s death, according to CBS News-Chicago.
The 50-year-old Democrat is running for re-election in the newly drawn 6th Circuit, where he is the incumbent.
Due to the reallocation, he will face off against incumbent Democratic Representative Marie Newman, as well as Nicor’s operations mechanic, Charles Hughes.
Newman, a new member of Congress, also immediately shut down her campaign ads, CBS reported.
“My heart breaks for the Casten family for the devastating loss of their daughter,” Newman said in a statement. “My prayers are with Sean, Kara and the entire Casten family.”
Newman is up against Casten in the 2022 primary after the redistribution put her in the heavily Hispanic 3rd Circuit, represented by Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, according to CBS.
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