(NewsGlobal.com)- Democratic Congressman Sean Casten of Illinois revealed back in June that his 17-year-old daughter, Gwen, had suddenly died from cardiac arrhythmia., according to Daily Wire. The teenage girl was preparing to start her freshman year at the University of Vermont. Her family had said that she was fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and had tested positive for the virus multiple times before her death, but experienced no symptoms.
“This past June, our daughter, Gwen Casten, died of sudden cardiac arrhythmia. In layman’s terms, she was fine, and then her heart stopped,” the Casten family said in a statement. “We don’t know what caused the arrhythmia, and likely never will.”
Police were reportedly called to the Casten home June 13 at 7:00 a.m. and was pronounced dead shortly after, according to the Downers Grove Police Department.
“She had just come home from an evening with friends, went to bed and didn’t wake up,” the family said. “We are heartbroken, but we are not unique. Sudden unexplained heart-failure among young, healthy people is rare but real. We are left grasping at the wrong end of random chance.”
The family said that Gwen was healthy and exercised, and that she was passionate about political issues. She was a co-director for the pro-gun control activist group March for Our Lives and appeared side by side with her father in his campaign video.
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The family says that they are grateful for all of the support they have received since Gwen’s death.
“None of us know when our last heartbeat will come,” the statement added. “The best we can hope for is that when our loved ones do pass, we will have no regrets about the time we were lucky enough to share.”
One person that Gwen had worked with said that she always wanted to do the right thing, and called her “lighthearted,” saying that she had a “great attitude.”