'Election' Star Jessica Campbell Dead at 38

  • 'Election' Star Jessica Campbell Dead at 38

'Election' Star Jessica Campbell Dead at 38

Actress Jessica Campbell has died suddenly at the age of 38.

The actress, who is best known for co-starring with Reese Witherspoon in the indie hit 1999 film Election, was complaining of congestion before passing out in a bathroom, her family told TMZ on Wednesday. Following her acting career, she became a naturopathic physician.

Speaking with TMZ, Campbell's cousin Sarah Wessling said that she worked a normal day, seeing patients at her practice, and returned home to visit with her mother and aunt. We're told the aunt tried to revive her but couldn't, and neither could EMTs when they arrived.

The family is waiting on an autopsy form the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office in Oregon.

In the film Election, Jessica played Tammy Metzler, the younger sister to the character played by Chris Klein. She won acclaim for her portrayal of Tammy, the rebellious lesbian student who jumped into the high school election race against the overly ambitious Tracy Flick (Witherspoon) and her brother, the popular jock Paul, played by Chris Klein.

Jessica leaves behind her 10-year-old son Oliver.

She received a nomination for Best Debut Performance at the Independent Spirit Awards due to her performance in the movie. She had been feeling congested, but did not suspect Coronavirus.

She also appeared in the series "Freaks and Geeks", "The Safety of Objects" and "Junk", the latter being her last acting role in 2002, according to her IMDB page.

She went on to star in more films including The Safety of Objects and Junk before she made a decision to quit her acting career. Judd Apatow - executive producer of "Freaks and Geeks" - donated $5,000.

"While coping with this unexpected and tragic turn of events and planning for Oliver's future, the family is also faced with unexpected cremation, memorial, and probate expenses".