Conservative writer Bre Payton dies suddenly at 26

Conservative writer Bre Payton died suddenly Friday at age 26 after being diagnosed with an illness.

Payton, a staff writer at The Federalist, was discovered unconscious by friend Morgan Murtaugh, early Thursday morning and was taken to a San Diego hospital.

Murtaugh shared on Twitter that Payton had been diagnosed with H1N1 flu, commonly known as swine flu, before she died suddenly on Friday.

Payton, a regular guest on Hill.TV's "Rising" and Fox News, had appeared on One America News on Wednesday.

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“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,” The Federalist wrote in an obituary published Friday afternoon.

Media members tweeted their condolences after Murtaugh shared the news of Payton's death. 

Payton graduated from Patrick Henry College with a degree in political journalism.

The California native is survived by her parents and four siblings.