Illinois Rep. Sean Casten reveals daughter’s cause of death

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Gwen Casten, the daughter of Illinois Representative Sean Casten, died of a sudden cardiac arrhythmia, the family said Friday.

According to a statement released by the family, the 17-year-old was found unresponsive at the Casten residence last June after returning home from a night out with friends.

“We don’t know what caused the arrhythmia and probably never will,” the family said.

Gwen was a healthy teenager of 2022. She ate well, exercised, had regular physical exams, had no behavioral health problems, and maintained close relationships with family and friends. She was fully vaccinated and quarantined after occasional positive, asymptomatic COVID tests during the Omicron wave. She had just come home from a night out with friends, went to bed and hadn’t woken up.

“We are heartbroken, but we are not unique. Sudden, unexplained heart failure in young, healthy people is rare but real. We’re grasping at the wrong end of random chance.

“We are grateful for the love we have received over the past few months. Again we cried over your every letter, message, meal and flower, but they are appreciated. We are also grateful for donations to Downers Grove North Friends of Fine Arts and March for Our Lives, which Gwen was actively involved with during high school. It’s a comfort to know how many lives Gwen has touched in her 17 years.

“She had a big, beautiful, kind, loving heart. And it stopped, as everyone must.

“None of us know when our last heartbeat will come. The best we can hope for is that when our loved ones die, we won’t regret the time we were lucky enough to share with them.

“So hug the people you love a little tighter today. Be present in her life. And spread your love a little further. Because in the end it’s all that’s left.” Illinois Rep. Sean Casten reveals daughter’s cause of death

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