Rising political journalist Bre Payton suffered a bizarre death after being struck down by swine flu.
The 26-year-old Fox Business News commentator had been found unconscious in her California apartment.
She was then rushed to a San Diego hospital and put in a self- induced coma.
However, she never pulled through and died just one day later.
Payton was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, as well as possible meningitis.
She was known as a respected right wing commentator on The Federalist website who regularly appeared on Fox News and CNN also.
Federalist publisher Ben Domenech confirmed her death midday Friday
Her friend Meghan McCain tweeted about her death.
She wrote: "Ben and I are absolutely gutted and horrified by this news. Our prayers for @Bre_payton and her family. We are less without her - in every possible way.
"A wonderful, fearless, vibrant, intelligent young woman. Sending prayers to all of her family and friends during this darkness."
Payton's friend Morgan Murtaugh, who found her unconscious and barely breathing on Thursday at around 8.30am, first revealed the journalist's hospitalization on Friday morning.
Murtaugh wrote: "24 hours ago I found my friend unconscious and called 911,' Murtaugh wrote."
"She's been in a coma since and really needs a miracle right now. Please, if you're religious at all, send prayers this way. We really need them."
Unfortunately, she did not survive her illness.
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