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Illinois Congressman Sean Casten announced the teen’s death in a statement on Monday.
Casten’s congressional office said 17-year-old Gwen Casten died Monday morning, but provided no further details about her death.
The statement described Gwen as Casten’s “beloved daughter” and said the family were asking for privacy during this “heartbreaking time”.
Downers Grove, Illinois police said they were called to Casten’s home around 6:48 a.m. to an unresponsive 17-year-old woman and determined she was deceased.
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The DuPage County Coroner also attended the scene and the cause of death is being investigated.
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Casten’s campaign tweeted a photo of Gwen in February, writing, “It’s a big year in the Casten house! Sean’s daughter will be voting in her first election and was able to sign the petition for her father.”
Casten is seeking a third term in Congress in Illinois’ newly redesigned 6th District. MP Marie Newman is running for the same seat in the next election. His campaign released a statement on the death of Casten’s daughter.
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“My heart breaks for the Casten family for the devastating loss of their daughter. My prayers go out to Sean, Kara and the entire Casten family,” Newman said in a statement.
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