Jessica Campbell Dies: ‘Election’ Actress Was 38

Jessica Campbell, the previous actress who appeared in Freaks and Geeks, The Safety of Objects and, in her finest recognized function as a vengeful scholar physique candidate within the hit 1999 comedy Election, died unexpectedly Dec. 29 on the house of a relative in Portland, Oregon. She was 38.

Her demise was introduced by her cousin Sarah Wessling. A trigger has not been disclosed, however Campbell reportedly had skilled flu-like signs the morning of her demise.

Campbell, who had retired from appearing to turn into a practitioner of naturopathic, or holistic, different drugs, started her appearing profession with a job within the 1992 TV film In the Best Interest of the Children starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

Campbell, Klein, ‘Election’ (1999)
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Her subsequent challenge grew to become her signature function: As Election‘s Tammy Metzler, Campbell performed the sister of campus jock Paul (Chris Klein) who decides to run in opposition to her brother for scholar council after he begins courting her girlfriend. The efficiency earned Campbell an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance.

Though her appearing profession by no means equalled the early begin costarring reverse Election‘s Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick, Campbell went on to make a two-episode visitor look on the Paul Feig-Judd Apatow cult traditional Freaks and Geeks, and, in 2001, appeared within the Rose Troche movie The Safety of Objects. Subsequent credit embody Junk starring Mary Kay Place and Dad’s Day, each in 2002.

A Go Fund Me campaign has been arrange by Wessling to defray funeral prices and supply earnings for Campbell’s 10-year-old son Oliver. Campbell is also survived by husband Daniel, her mom and an aunt, amongst different prolonged members of the family. A memorial service is being deliberate.

“Traveling the world, appearing, changing into a physician, being Mom to the best child ever; these bucket record gadgets wove the quotidian cloth of her actuality,” cousin Wessling writes. “Her ardour for all times and the folks in it was astounding.”





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