Bruce Campbell, 42, chief press officer of the New York Shakespeare Festival, died Friday in New York from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Campbell had suffered for several years from manic-depressive illness, and had been diagnosed in recent years as HIV-positive.

An experienced legit press agent, Campbell had also represented the La Jolla Playhouse and the Vietnam Veterans Ensemble Theater Co. He also served as chief publicist for Walt Disney Prods., East Coast.

Warmly regarded by his colleagues and the New York theater community, he was credited with navigating the Shakespeare Festival press department through a difficult year that included the firing of artistic director JoAnne Akalaitis and many painful cutbacks.

Campbell was active in the fight againts AIDS, working with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Actors Fund, for whom he created and edited the AIDS Newsletter.

He also addressed the Democratic National Convention on the subject of AIDS.

Among the shows he represented were “A Chorus Line,””Mastergate,””Fires in the Mirror,””‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore,””Woyzeck,””Anything Goes,””Waiting for Godot” and “Six Degrees of Separation.”

Campbell graduated summa cum laude from McGill U. and was a member of the Assn. of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers.

Survived by his father, mother and sister. A memorial will be held at a date to be determined.