Former President Barack Obama’s Personal Chef Found Drowned
EDGARTOWN, Mass. — An unfortunate incident occurred near the family’s residence on Martha’s Vineyard, resulting in the drowning of Tafari Campbell, former President Barack Obama’s personal chef.
Massachusetts State Police confirmed that Campbell’s body was recovered from Edgartown Great Pond on Monday. Campbell, aged 45 and hailing from Dumfries, Va., was visiting Martha’s Vineyard when the accident took place. Notably, the Obamas were not present at the home during the incident.
The Obamas expressed their grief over the loss of Campbell in a statement, referring to him as a “beloved part of our family.” They fondly recalled their first meeting when Campbell worked as a talented sous chef at the White House. The couple praised his creativity and passion for food, emphasizing its power to bring people together. Over the years, they cherished Campbell’s warm and kind personality, which brightened their lives.
When the time came for the Obamas to leave the White House, they asked Campbell to stay with them, and he graciously accepted. Since then, he has been an integral part of their lives, making it all the more devastating that he is no longer with them.
The search for Campbell began on Sunday after another paddleboarder reported seeing him struggle and go under the water without resurfacing. Although the search was momentarily paused, state police announced on Monday that using sonar technology from a boat, they located Campbell’s body approximately 100 feet from shore at a depth of about 8 feet.
It is worth noting that Campbell was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.
Campbell is survived by his wife and their twin boys.
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