Congressman says daughter died of unexplained ‘sudden cardiac arrhythmia’

“We don’t know what caused [it], and likely never will.”

Updated: October 8, 2022 - 1:18pm

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A U.S. representative this week revealed that his young daughter died earlier this year of an unexplained cardiac event for which the family still does not have an answer.

Illinois Democratic Rep. Sean Casten said on social media on Friday that in June his daughter, Gwen Casten, "died of a sudden cardiac arrhythmia."

"In layman’s terms, she was fine, and then her heart stopped," he wrote, adding that "we don’t know what caused the arrhythmia, and likely never will."

Casten said his late daughter was "a healthy 2022 teenager. She ate well, exercised, got regular check-ups, didn’t suffer from any behavioral health issues, and had 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 an evening with friends,” he added, “[she] went to bed and didn’t wake up."