Jessica Campbell, best known for her roles in the 1999 film “Election” and the cult classic “Freaks and Geeks”, has died at the age of 38.
Campbell’s family announced that the actor died Dec. 29 in Portland, Oregon. Campbell withdrew from acting to become a naturopathic doctor, and she collapsed after seeing patients at her practice. She could not be resuscitated and her cause of death must be determined.
Campbell first appeared in the 1992 television movie “In the Interest of Children” starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Her next major film role was in the 1
She played the anxious sister of school jock Paul (Chris Klein), whose boyfriend dumps her and leaves her with Paul. She wants revenge and runs against him for class president. The performance secured her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut.
The actor also appeared in “Freaks and Geeks” as Amy Andrews, a tuba player in McKinley Highs marching band. She goes short with Ken (Seth Rogen) and later reveals to him that she was born intersex.
Campbell also starred in the drama “The Safety of Objects” opposite Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney as well as 2002’s “Junk” and “Dad’s Day.”
Cambell’s cousin Sarah Wessling set up a GoFundMe campaign to pay for the funeral expenses and provide for Campbell’s 10-year-old son Oliver. “A true adventurer in every sense of the word, Jessica packed a staggering amount of experiences into her tragically short life,” Wessling wrote on the GoFundMe page.
“She could always be counted on as the instigator of, or at least a willing accomplice to, various forms of evil and hijinks. To know her is to have an over-the-top story that involves her. To know her is to have known true friendship. ”
Witherspoon also expressed his condolences in a tweet: “So heartbroken to hear this. Working with Jessica on ‘Choice’ was such a pleasure. I send all my love to Jessica’s family and loved ones. ”
Campbell is also survived by husband Daniel, her mother and an aunt, among other extended family members. A memorial service is being planned.