By Jon Levine
Bre Payton, a staff writer at the right-wing website The Federalist, died on Friday at age 26 after a brief and sudden illness.
The news was reported on Twitter by Payton’s good friend, San Diego politician Morgan Murtaugh, who found the 26-year-old Payton unconscious in her room Thursday morning before rushing her to a San Diego hospital for treatment.
The exact cause of death remains unclear, but a website set up by Payton’s family said she had been struck by flu and possibly meningitis.
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