Conservative Writer and Frequent Fox News Guest Dies from Sudden Illness


It was a heartbreaking shock to all who knew her or enjoyed her work. News has broken that conservative writer for The Federalist and frequent Fox News guest Bre Payton has passed away.

The 26-year-old died from a sudden illness. According to Fox News, she had been on television just days prior to her passing.

Co-workers and friends took to Twitter to share their shock and heartbreak. Some tweets began with prayer requests for Payton when she suddenly took ill.

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A post on Caring Bridge explains what happened. “Around 8:30 this morning, December 27th, Bre’s friend went into her room and found her unresponsive and barely breathing.”

“She immediately called 911 and Bre was taken to the hospital where she was admitted to the ICU, sedated & intubated, and doctors began working up a diagnosis. After a CT scan and hours of testing, they have determined she has the H1N1 flu and possibly meningitis.”

“The doctors are concerned that her neurological signs are not great at this point and have informed us the next 24-48 hours are going to be critical for her. George is in the hospital with her in San Diego and at this time we’re just asking that you lift Bre up in prayer and ask for a healing miracle and a full recovery.”

“Everyone in the family is overwhelmed at this turn of events and is focusing all their attention on blanketing Bre in prayer and love. The outpouring of support the entire Payton family has received since Bre’s hospitalization has been amazing and this site will be updated as often as possible so they can continue to focus their attention and love on Bre’s recovery while still having a place to see all the well wishes and prayers from everyone.”

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The post concluded with what now adds to the heartbreak of the story. “We cannot wait for Bre to be able to see how much love and support she had during this fight when she’s out of the hospital and on the road to recovery!”

Some expressing their heartbreak over Payton’s death were quick to ask for prayers and support for her loved ones. Her family and friends must surely need it at this time.

The Federalist published a tribute article to Payton, beginning with biographical information about the young writer. Then they wrote about her meteoric rise.

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“Bre joined The Federalist in April of 2015. In the space of just a few years, she became a rising star on cable news, regularly featured as political commentator on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, and OANN.” From there, they shared their personal reflection on who she was as a person.

“Bre brightened the lives of everyone around her. She was joyful, hard-working, and compassionate, and she leaves behind friends and colleagues for whom she brought nothing but sweetness and light.”


“Though we are heartbroken and devastated by Bre’s death, we are comforted in the knowledge that she was a woman who lived a life marked by deep Christian faith, trusting in her Savior, Jesus Christ – in the God who promises the way our story ends is that ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more.’”

A scholarship fund has been set up in Payton’s name. According to the GoFundMe page, the fundraiser is “in loving memory of Bre’s beautiful light, joyful spirit, hard-working ethics, and compassionate heart. This fund will go towards college scholarships to support other young, rising Christian leaders who share in Bre’s passion for truth, purpose, and life.”

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