Bre Payton, Fox News Commentator, Dies at 26
Bre Payton, a writer for the Federalist and a contributor for Fox News, died on Friday in San Diego.
She was 26 years old.
Details are still coming in and the exact cause of death is unknown at the moment.
“Bre Payton, our beloved staff writer for The Federalist, passed away on Friday in San Diego, California, following a sudden illness,” the online magazine wrote in a statement published on its website last night.
The publication added that it was “heartbroken and devastated” over the news, continuing:
“Bre brightened the lives of everyone around her,” this same statement said.
“She was joyful, hard-working, and compassionate, and she leaves behind friends and colleagues for whom she brought nothing but sweetness and light.
Payton also worked for One America News, a conservative outlet on which she would occasionally fill in as a guest host.
Discussing the details surrounding Payton’s death, California-based congressional candidate Morgan Murtaugh said she found Payton unresponsive on Thursday and called 911.
She then learned the fate of her friend the following day.
“Thank you everyone for your prayers,” Murtaugh tweeted, adding:
“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.”
Prior to her passing, Payton was battling the flu and “possibly meningitis,” according to a profile on CaringBridge.org, USA Today reported.
Following the tragic news of her death, a number of political figures expressed their sympathy on social media.
Here is Meghan McCain, for instance:
Ben and I are absolutely gutted and horrified by this news. Our prayers for @Bre_payton and her family. We are less vibrant without her— in every possible way.
A wonderful, fearless, vibrant, intelligent young woman. Sending prayers to all of her family and friends during this darkness.
Fox News host Shannon Bream also spoke out on Payton’s death writing, “I cannot believe this” and expounding as follows:
@Bre_payton was such a beautiful light, smart and funny and kind and talented. Please pray for her broken hearted loved ones, who are undoubtedly reeling. She was far too young.
Payton graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2015 with a degree in journalism, according to The Federalist.
She joined the news outlet shortly after and quickly moved up to a political commentator featured on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel and OANN.
The late journalist is survived by her parents George and Cindy Payton as well as her siblings James, Jack, Christina and Cheekie.
May she rest in peace.