‘Election’ actress Jessica Campbell dies at 38

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Jessica Campbell, who starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in the 1999 film “Election,” has died at the age of 38.

According to TMZ, Campbell passed away suddenly at her home in Portland on December 29th.

Campbell, who had become a naturopathic physician, was found by her aunt collapsed in the bathroom after returning from working at her medical practice, her cousin Sarah Wessling told TMZ.

Neither Campbell’s aunt, nor EMTs were able to revive her. The family is now waiting on autopsy results to determine the cause of death, the outlet noted.

Campbell played Chris Klein’s younger sister, Tammy Metzler, in “Election.”

Witherspoon, who starred as Tracy Flick in the black comedy, shared her condolences on social media.

"So heart broken to hear this,” Witherspoon wrote. “Working with Jessica on Election was such a pleasure. I'm sending all my love to Jessica's family and loved ones.”

Matthew Broderick, who portrayed civics teacher Jim McAllister, also paid tribute to his late co-star.

"When I think of Jessica I remember a shy, incredibly sweet, very pink-cheeked teenager who liked to discuss with me what is best to order at Applebee’s," Broderick said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "She was very dear and an extremely good actor. Heartbreaking news. My deepest sympathy to her son and the rest of her family."

Campbell earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best debut performance for her role in “Election.” Other film credits include “The Shape of Objects” and the TV series “Freaks and Geeks.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help pay for Campbell’s funeral costs and to help provide for her 10-year-old son, Oliver.

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