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Jessica Campbell, Election, and Freaks and Geeks Star, Dies at 38

Jessica Campbell, an actress who is best known as Tammy Metzler in the hit comedy Election, died on December 29 in Portland, Oregon.

She was only 38 years old. Family members of Campbell’s confirmed the tragic news on Wednesday.

A GoFundMe page to assist with expenses — organized by Campbell’s cousin Sarah Wessling — stated the actress passed away “suddenly and unexpectedly.”

In an interview with TMZ, Wessling said Campbell, who actually became a naturopathic physician after her movie and television career, had a typical day before her passing.

She worked with her patients at her practice and she went home to see her mother and aunt. Then, Campbell went into the bathroom and never came out, leading her aunt to check on her and discovered she had collapsed.

Campbell was unable to be revived after the emergency technicians arrived.

Her loved ones are now waiting for the results of the autopsy, which was conducted by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner in Oregon.

The actress made her debut in the 1992 TV movie In the Best Interest of the Children with Sarah Jessica Parker. In 1999, she starred in in Election, a beloved film directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon.

Campbell also starred in Freaks and Geeks, Paul Feig’s short-lived cult TV series that was executive-produced by Judd Apatow, who has donated $5,000 to help Campbell’s family deal with her death.

The late star played the role of Amy Andrews, a tuba player in McKinley High’s marching band.

Campbell later starred in 2001’s The Safety of Objects opposite Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney, followed by 2002’s Junk.

May she rest in peace.