CNN political commentator Alice Stewart was found dead early Saturday morning.

Stewart, 58, was a veteran political adviser who worked on several GOP presidential campaigns.

“Law enforcement officials told CNN that Stewart’s body was found outdoors in the Bellevue neighborhood in northern Virginia early Saturday morning. No foul play is suspected, and officers believe a medical emergency occurred,” CNN reports.

“Alice was a very dear friend and colleague to all of us at CNN,” network CEO Mark Thompson told staff via email Saturday.

“A political veteran and an Emmy Award-winning journalist who brought an incomparable spark to CNN’s coverage, known across our bureaus not only for her political savvy, but for her unwavering kindness. Our hearts are heavy as we mourn such an extraordinary loss,” he added.

“I am stunned and saddened by the news of Alice Stewart’s passing. She was a political pro and a wonderfully nice person to just have a conversation with on any topic. I will miss Alice and will pray for her family,” former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.

“Heartbreaking. ⁦Alice was wonderful and talented and a dear friend. And she loved America fiercely. She lived every day to the fullest, and she will be deeply missed. May God’s comfort and peace be upon her loved ones. RIP,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said.

Per CNN:

Stewart started her career as a local reporter and producer in Georgia before moving to Little Rock, Arkansas, to be a news anchor, she told Harvard International Review. She went on to serve as the communications director in then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s office before assuming a similar role for his presidential run in 2008.

She also served as the communications director for the 2012 Republican presidential bids of former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and then former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, also a former CNN commentator. Most recently, Stewart was the communications director for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 GOP campaign.

CNN hired Stewart as a political commentator ahead of the 2016 election, and she appeared on air frequently to provide insight on the political news of the day, including as recently as Friday on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

“We always invited her to come on my show because we knew we would be a little bit smarter at the end of that conversation,” Blitzer told Jessica Dean on “CNN Newsroom.” “She helped our viewers better appreciate what was going on and that’s why we will miss her so much.”

“I always enjoy joining @wolfblitzer on #CNN talking politics with mi amiga @MariaTCardona!” Stewart posted Friday.

With Stewart’s death believed to be a ‘medical emergency,’ social media users speculated if the political commentator received the experimental COVID-19 shot.

“I am fully vaccinated. Not sure why others do what they do,” Stewart posted in September 2021.

Daily Mail reports:

Stewart was pictured on her own Instagram account only yesterday writing ‘It’s always a sunny day when you can join the great Wolf Blitzer.’

She appeared to lead a relatively healthy lifestyle and only last month posted photos of her taking part in a 10 mile run, nicknamed the Cherry Blossom run, in Washington D.C.

CNN’s Pamela Brown broke the news about their own political commentator just before 5:30pm on Saturday evening.

‘We have some very sad news to report to you and I am very sorry that I have to tell you this. CNN commentator and Republican political strategist Alice Stewart has passed away,’ Brown said, tearing up.

‘Many of you knew her. She has been a staple on this network participating in many political panels bringing us deep insight into politics. You’ll remember she was a former communications director for Senator Ted Cruz. She worked with Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachman to name a few,’ she said choking back tears.

‘Alice and I both got our start in Arkansas television in local news. I was coming up as an intern. As we both made our way to CNN she was always there with an encouraging smile or a text as I climbed up the ladder here,’ Brown explained.

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