Conservative writer and Fox New commentator Bre Payton died at the age of 26 on Friday.

Her passing was confirmed by The Federalist, an online magazine Payton wrote for.

Payton was found unconscious on Thursday. At the hospital, it was discovered she was suffering from H1N1 flu and meningitis.

“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 their website.

Payton was most known for several appearances on Fox News. She also appeared on several major networks like CNN and the BBC.


After her death, conservatives took to Twitter to offer their condolences.

“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,” Meghan McCain, who recently lost her father Sen. John McCain to cancer in August, tweeted.

Fox News host Shannon Bream also tweeted, saying, “I can’t believe this.”

Payton is survived by her parents George and Cindy Payton as well as her siblings James, Jack, Christina, and Cheekie.

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