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Medical examiner says that mysterious death of Obama family’s chef was an accident

 August 23, 2023

The Chief Medical Examiner's office in Massachusetts has confirmed that the recent drowning of a personal chef working for the family of former President Barack Obama was accidental, as Daily Wire reported.

Details on Campbell's Death

Tafari Campbell, 45, once a dedicated sous chef in the Obama household, was vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, having traveled from Dumfries, Virginia, when the event occurred, according to official reports.

Timothy McGuirk, representing the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, informed the Washington Post on Tuesday that the medical examiner declared Campbell's death to have been accidental.

He also mentioned that the medical examiner's office typically does not share autopsy findings with the general populace.

Accounts from the Boston Globe from late July revealed that the accident occurred when Campbell, the father of two, was atop his paddleboard.

He lost balance, toppled into the Edgartown Great Pond, and battled to stay above water.

He wasn't wearing any flotation device, and he was not tethered to his board. Authorities later discovered his body submerged approximately eight feet under.

According to the Herald, investigators found no signs of external injuries or trauma on the body.

Police said at the time, "A male paddle boarder who had gone into the water appeared to briefly struggle to stay on the surface, and then submerged and did not resurface. … Another paddle boarder was on the pond with him at the time and observed him go under the water."

Rescue Efforts and Recovery

Emergency responders from local and state units, complemented by the U.S. Coast Guard, promptly responded to the scene.

Massachusetts State Police divers retrieved Campbell's body about 100 feet from the shoreline.

The recovery operation was aided by a boat equipped with a side-scan sonar system and aerial backup from both the MSP and U.S. Coast Guard helicopters.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, the former president and his wife, Michelle, were absent from their residence when the incident took place.

Remembering Tafari Campbell

The Obama family said it is "grieving the loss of a truly wonderful man."

"Tafari was a beloved part of our family," the family said.

They fondly remembered the first time they met him, acknowledging his exceptional culinary skills and his fervent passion for culinary arts, which he believed was a medium to unite people.

The family statement read, "When we were getting ready to leave the White House, we asked Tafari to stay with us, and he generously agreed. He's been part of our lives ever since, and our hearts are broken that he's gone."