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Rep. Sean Costen, D-Ill., Released a statement about the death of his daughter Gwen, including a few words about how she lived her life and some details about the evening before she died.

Gwen Costen, 17, died Monday morning, the congressional office said, adding that the cause of death had not yet been determined. Costin’s announcement, posted on Twitter on Wednesday, did not indicate that anything unusual had happened in advance.

“On Sunday night, we had dinner with the family, after which she went out with some friends. When she got home, she told Kara and me goodnight, texted a friend to make sure she got home and did not. Did not wake up Monday morning,” Costen said. “The only thing we know about her death is that it happened peacefully. The only lesson we can learn from it is to enjoy the moments you spent with your loved ones. We want to benefit. We want to believe in a brighter tomorrow. But what we can control is our present.”

Police in Downers Grove, Illinois, called Caston’s home at 6:48 a.m. for an unresponsive 17 – year – old woman and confirmed she was dead.

Illinois Congressman Sean Costen has announced the death of his 17-year-old daughter

Spokesman Sean Costen, D-Ill., Released a statement Monday discussing his 17-year-old daughter Gwen, who died.

Spokesman Sean Costen, D-Ill., Released a statement Monday discussing his 17-year-old daughter Gwen, who died.
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Gwen’s death comes when Casten is in the middle Wanting a third round Congress is in the newly redrawn 6th District in Illinois.

“There are no words to describe the hole in your heart when a child dies,” Coston’s statement said. Gwen described him as a “happy, healthy, well-adjusted young woman” preparing to start college at the University of Vermont in the fall.

He recalled her love of music and activism, especially her performances with the jazz band, the Wind Emcee and the Pit Orchestra, as well as the school empowerment club where she and fellow students devoted their time to issues such as gun violence. Environment, LGBTQ rights, Black Lives matter rallies and voter registration.

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“To all those who ask what they can do, we only ask you to live your life as Gwen did. Enjoy the moments. Use every ounce of your energy to ensure a better, more patient, more generous, more loving tomorrow,” Costen concluded. “Not because you know your tomorrow is coming, you know you like someone else. Lead with love.”

Lorraine Taylor of Fox News contributed to this report.