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Jessica Campbell, Reese Witherspoon’s co-star in Election, dies at 38


Actress turned physician Jessica Campbell died at the age of 38 in late December just moments after seeing patients, according to the woman’s family.

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.

It is currently unknown what caused Campbell’s death but COVID-19 is suspected. The results of an autopsy by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner have not yet been shared by her family.

Shortly after news of her death broke, Reese posted on social media: ‘So heart broken to hear this. Working with Jessica on Election was such a pleasure. I’m sending all my love to Jessica‘s family and loved ones.’

A sad farewell: Jessica Campbell reportedly died at the age of 38 in late December; seen in her 1999 film Election

The Oklahoma native leaves behind a 10-year-old son Oliver and her husband of 11 years, Daniel.

Jessica was in Portland, Oregon at the time of her death. 

Campbell was visiting her mother and aunt when she went into the bathroom and never came out, her cousin Sarah Wessling told the site.

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Her big movie: The actress seen in Election, left; Jessica played Tammy Metzler, the younger sister to the character played by Chris Klein. Also in the movie was Reese Witherspoon  as the student who will do anything to become class president

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The movie has become a classic: Witherspoon’s manipulative character was at war with teacher Jim played by Broderick

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Painful news: Shortly after news of her death broke, Reese posted on social media: ‘So heart broken to hear this. Working with Jessica on Election was such a pleasure. I’m sending all my love to Jessica‘s family and loved ones’

Her aunt went to the bathroom to check on Jessica and saw her passed out on the floor.

She tried to revive the former actress but she could not get her to respond.

When EMTs arrive they tried as well, according to the site, but were not successful,

Earlier that day Jessica had told her family she felt congested and thought she was getting a cold but did not think it was COVID-19.

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She stood out in the film: She won critical acclaim for her rebellious high school student

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A red carpet looker: Here the star is seen at the Election premiere at Egyption Theatre in Hollywood in 1999

Before visiting her family, Campbell put in a full day of work seeing patient at her naturopathic practice. 

She had given up acting several years ago and was working as a naturopathic physician. Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine that employs an array of pseudoscientific practices branded as natural, non-invasive, or promoting self-healing.

Her first professional acting role was in the 1992 TV movie In the Best Interest of the Children, where she played Julie Cain. 

In the film Election, Jessica played Tammy Metzler, the younger sister to the character played by Chris Klein.

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A wife and mom too: The Oklahoma native leaves behind a 10-year-old son Oliver and her husband of 11 years, Daniel; seen in The Safety Of Objects 

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Another premiere: At the Safety Of Objects event in 2003 in New York City

Also in the movie were Matthew Broderick and Colleen Camp.

The Alexander Payne film was about an type-A student, played by Reese, who tries to manipulate her way into becoming school president. Broderick’s character, a teacher named Jim, feels she is not playing fair, and gets the popular athlete, played by Klein, to run against her.

Jessica also starred on the hit TV show Freaks And Geeks. 

And she popped up in 2001 film The Safety Of Objects opposite Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney.

Her last project was the 2002 movie Junk with Mary Kay Place.

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A healer: She had given up acting several years ago and was working as a naturopathic physician. Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine that employs an array of pseudoscientific practices branded as natural, non-invasive, or promoting self-healing

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her son and has raised well over $24000 after having an initial goal of $20,000. Freaks And Geeks producer Judd Apatow has already donated $5,000. Costar Matthew Broderick has also donated.

‘A true adventurer in every sense of the word, Jessica packed a staggering amount of experiences into her tragically short lifetime,’ the GoFundme reads.

‘Listening to her talk, excitedly recounting her tales at a mile-a-minute, one could be forgiven for thinking “is this b*tch for real?” But she was in fact for real and there was no one else like her.’ 

The family told the site that Jessica has been cremated and ‘they are planning a memorial.’ 

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She has done well: Reese has been in the hit shows Little Fires Everywhere, Big Little Lies and The Morning Show, all of which she produced, and has the Draper James line



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