Jessica Campbell, the actor who famously enjoyed roles in the classic cult series Freaks And Geeks and the 1999 film Election, has passed away at the age of 38. Her family announced that she had died on December 29 but did not disclose a cause of death.
Campbell, who was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance in Election, officially retired from acting in order to become a naturopathic physician. Actively thriving in her new line of work, reports confirm that she collapsed after treating patients at her practice. According to Variety, she was unable to be revived at the scene.
Campbell’s cousin, Sarah Wessling, has launched a crowdfunding page in order to pay for the funeral and help provide for the actor’s 10-year-old son, Oliver. Wessling described Campbell as “true adventurer in every sense of the word,” before adding: “Jessica packed a staggering amount of experiences into her tragically short lifetime.
“She could always be counted on as the instigator of, or at the very least a willing accomplice to, various forms of mischief and hijinks. To know her is to have an over-the-top story involving her. To know her is to have known true friendship.”
Tributes to the actor have continued to pour in with Reece Witherspoon expressing her condolences on social media, writing: “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.”
Matthew Broderick added: “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. Heartbreaking news. My deepest sympathy to her son and the rest of her family.”
Judd Apatow, who worked with Campbell on Freaks And Geeks, took to social media to say: “Some of my favourite memories of making Freaks and Geeks are of watching Jessica Campbell and Seth Rogen figure their relationship out in improvisations. Jessica was so funny and an amazing, thoughtful actress. What a terrible loss.”