"We grieve her loss deeply, but rejoice in her eternal salvation in Christ", Federalist co-founder Sean Davis said.
"She was joyful, hard-working, and compassionate, and she leaves behind friends and colleagues for whom she brought nothing but sweetness and light", the post added.
Online magazine The Federalist, which Payton wrote for, said she "brightened the lives of everyone around her". Murtaugh said Payton was diagnosed with swine flu and was found unconscious Thursday morning.
A CaringBridge site set up for Payton read: '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. Now lost to us so suddenly, ' Domenech wrote.
She joined the news outlet shortly after and quickly moved up to a political commentator featured on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel and OANN.
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Payton was survived by her parents, George and Cindy; siblings James, Jack, Christina and Cheekie; and boyfriend Ryan Colby, according to The Federalist.
Payton was a frequent commentator on national networks including Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.
"I can not believe this". She also co-hosted the podcast Problematic Women. Our prayers for @Bre_payton and her family. "@Bre_payton was such a lovely light, smart and amusing and kind and talented", Fox News anchor Shannon Bream tweeted.
Bre Payton could easily be likened to Nathaniel West, who wrote "Miss Lonelyhearts" and "The Day of the Locust" before his untimely death at 37 in 1940, or it's Thomas Wolfe, who died at 38 in 1938 after writing the epic "Look Homeward Angel". "The virus is contagious and can spread from human to human".
The publication mourned her death, saying it is "heartbroken and devastated" over the news. "However, permanent disabilities (such as brain damage, hearing loss, and learning disabilities) can result from the infection", the CDC website says.