Conservative staff writer for the Federalist, 26-year-old Bre Payton, unexpectedly passed away on Friday evening after a brief fight against the flu and maybe even meningitis.
As Fox News reports, Payton’s death was announced by publisher Ben Domenech.
“Bre has passed,” Domenech wrote in a tweet. “We are devastated. Last we saw her, she was her funny, smart, vivacious self. Now lost to us so suddenly.”
From Fox News:
In recent weeks, Payton appeared as a guest on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto” and “Trish Regan Primetime” on Fox Business. She has also been on “Fox & Friends” and “Fox News @ Night.”
According to her biography at The Federalist, Payton wrote stories on “subjects ranging from Kanye West to Supreme Court rulings, to 2016 and breaking news.” She previously worked as a reporter for Watchdog.org and received her degree in political journalism from Patrick Henry College.
Twitchy reports that the Associated Press is under fire for publishing lines seemingly critical of Payton’s conservative views in their coverage of her death.
One line read: “In recent appearances on Fox News, Payton had condemned what she called ‘fake news’ media coverage of President Donald Trump.”
Associated Press added:
In recent appearances on Fox News, Payton had condemned what she called “fake news” media coverage of President Donald Trump and “sexist and bigoted” coverage of first lady Melania Trump.
As the Daily Wire’s Kassy Dillion pointed out, a scholarship fund under Payton’s name has been started on GoFundMe: Bre Payton Scholarship Fund.