A writer for The Federalist news site and frequent Fox News guest died in San Diego Friday after what was described as a sudden illness.
Bre Payton, 26, worked for The Federalist since April 2015. According to the news site, she appeared as a political commentator on the Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel and One America News Network.
The Federalist didn’t specify what the illness was, but according to a post on the Caring Bridge website, she was found unconscious by a friend Thursday morning and taken to a hospital, where doctors determined she had “the H1N1 flu and possibly meningitis.”Payton, who according to her Twitter account is based in Washington, D.C., was in California to serve as a guest host on One America News. She tweeted Wednesday night that she was filling in for Liz Wheeler on “Tipping Point” and urged her followers to tune in. She was found the next morning.
Former Republican congressional candidate Morgan Murtaugh tweeted Friday that she was the one who found Payton. Murtaugh unsuccessfully ran against Rep. Susan Davis for her seat in California’s 53rd Congressional District in November.
Around 11:30 a.m., about four hours after her first tweet, Murtaugh tweeted that Payton had died.
“Unfortunately Bre has passed,” Murtaugh wrote. “Please send prayers to her family. Rest in paradise you beautiful soul.”
Thank you everyone for your prayers. It is with a heavy heart that I type this. Unfortunately Bre has passed. Please send prayers to her family. Rest in paradise you beautiful soul. https://t.co/pMFCZNaqKl
— Morgan Murtaugh (@morganmurtaugh) December 28, 2018
On Facebook, Murtaugh said no one should be alone on Christmas, so she insisted Payton stay with her instead of in a hotel.
“I’m so thankful that she did,” Murtaugh wrote. “Finding her unconscious Thursday morning was scary but not finding her would have been unimaginable. I’m heartbroken that things happened the way that they did. Thanks for being my friend. Thanks for spending Christmas with my family. … And thanks for being a light in an otherwise dark world. You will be missed tremendously. Rest in paradise.”
Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, also tweeted about Payton’s passing.
“We are devastated,” he said. “Last we saw her, she was her funny, smart, vivacious self. Now lost to us so suddenly.”
According to The Federalist, Payton was a California native who graduated from Western Christian High School in Upland and from Patrick Henry College in Virginia in 2015 with a degree in journalism.
She is survived by her parents, four siblings and boyfriend, according to the website.
My podcast co-host. My Problematic Woman in crime. My birthday twin. My very dear friend. At just 26, @Bre_payton was youger than me, but felt more like my big sister. I am in complete shock that we lost this beautiful soul, and am comforted only by the faith she had in the Lord. pic.twitter.com/8rUNejejdu
— Kelsey Harkness (@kelseyjharkness) December 28, 2018
Bre Payton passed away from a sudden illness. Bre is one of the kindest, most thoughtful souls I've ever encountered. She made a positive impact on every person she met, her smile, her love of LIFE, God, & passion for news was contagious. SHE WILL be missed! Pray for her family. pic.twitter.com/fPjifm65QS
— Stephanie Hamill (@STEPHMHAMILL) December 28, 2018
— City News Service
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