Bre Payton, a writer for the conservative news site The Federalist, died suddenly Friday at the age of 26

Journalists and other public figures spent Friday expressing their sadness amid the news that Bre Payton, a young journalist and staff writer at the Federalist, had died of swine flu.
Murtaugh tweeted that she found her friend unconscious on Thursday morning and doctors determined Payton had H1N1 flu — also known as swine flu — and meningitis.
Bre was born in California on June 8, 1992, to George and Cindy Payton. She received her high school diploma from the Western Christian High School Private Satellite Program. She graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2015 with a degree in journalism.
“Bre has passed,” publisher Ben Domenech tweeted. “We are devastated. Last we saw her, she was her funny, smart, vivacious self. Now lost to us so suddenly.”

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