Dem lawmaker’s daughter, 17, dies at home days after he voices his ‘tremendous pride’ in her activism

Gwen Casten, the 17-year-old daughter of Democratic Representative Sean Casten of Illinois, has passed away according to the lawmaker’s office.

The death occurred on Monday at the family home, though no cause of death has been announced.

“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,” the statement read.

This shocking news comes on the heels of Casten discussing the “tremendous pride” he has in his daughter, who has been an activist in political circles and most recently organized a “Stop the Bleed” event at her school. The event teaches children how to pack wounds in the event of a shooting.

“I have both tremendous pride that my daughter took the initiative to organize that and tremendous shame that we as a country are making it the responsibility of children aged 15, 16 and 17 to do what sitting United States senators don’t have the courage to do themselves,” Casten said in an interview with Newsy earlier this month.

She was also active with the Illinois chapter of the pro-gun control group “March for Our Lives” and acted as a co-director for the organization.

Democrat Rep. Marie Newman, against whom Casten is running for a third congressional term, also issued a statement about the shocking and sudden loss of Casten’s daughter.

“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 also announced that they are “working to cease all comparative paid communications immediately.”

Twitter users spanning the political spectrum came together to give their condolences to the Casten family:


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