This past Wednesday, Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL) put out a statement about the tragic death of Gwen, his 17-year-old daughter, who reportedly passed away in her sleep on Monday morning.
As of writing, the cause of death has not yet been uncovered, however, the congressman stated that Gwen’s death was peaceful.
“We are grateful to all who have reached out with thoughts, condolences and help,” Casten put out via a tweet as a caption to a posted image of his daughter. “To all asking what they can do, we ask only that you live your lives as Gwen lived hers.”
“On Sunday night, we had dinner as a family and then she went out with some friends for a few hours,” explained a recent statement from the representative. “When she got home, she said goodnight to Kara [Casten’s wife] and I, texted a friend to make sure she got home OK, and didn’t wake up on Monday morning.”
“The only thing we know about her death is that it was peaceful,” he stated. “And the only lesson we can take from that is to savor the moments you have with your loved ones. We want purpose. We want to believe in a brighter tomorrow. But the only thing we can control is our present.”
We are grateful to all who have reached out with thoughts, condolences and help. To all asking what they can do, we ask only that you live your lives as Gwen lived hers. pic.twitter.com/AdQTpzsnTP
— Rep. Sean Casten (@RepCasten) June 15, 2022
Casten highlighted that Gwen enjoyed activism and music, “specifically her performances with her school’s jazz band, wind ensemble, and pit orchestra, as well as her creation of a school Empowerment Club where she and fellow students dedicated their time to issues including gun violence, the environment, LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter rallies, and voter registration,” read a report put out by Fox News.
“There are no words to describe the hole in your heart when a child dies,” continued the released statement from the congressman, going further to state that his teenage daughter was “a happy, healthy, well adjusted young woman” who had been slated to attend the University of Vermont in the upcoming fall semester.
“To all asking what they can do, we ask only that you live your lives as Gwen lived hers. Savor the moments. Use every ounce of energy you have to ensure a better, more tolerant, more generous, more loving tomorrow,” stated Casten in his concluding remarks. “Not because you know that your tomorrow will come, but because you know that someone else’s will. Lead with Love.”