On Friday, 26-year-old political writer and TV commentator Bre Payton died. Sadly, just the day before she had been found “unresponsive and barely breathing” and diagnosed with the H1N1 virus and possibly meningitis.

Payton, who The Federalist called “joyful, hard-working and compassionate” was a frequent guest on Fox News and also appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and BBC World News.

Her friend Morgan Murtaugh, who had found Payton unconscious tweeted:

Still others who knew and loved her, also left their condolences, “’Bre has passed,’ The Federalist’s publisher Ben Domenech tweeted. ‘We are devastated. Last we saw her, she was her funny, smart, vivacious self. Now lost to us so suddenly.’”1

Meghan McCain said, “We are less 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.”2

Payton, a writer based in Washington, who was from California and had graduated from Patrick Henry College with a degree in political journalism, had been in California guest hosting a show on the One America News Network, according to Fox News.

The reportedly strong Christian is survived by her parents and four siblings. Our condolences are with her family and friends.



  1. NY Post
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