Barack Obama’s personal chef drowned Sunday in a paddle board accident near the former president’s home on Martha’s Vineyard.
Massachusetts State Police recovered the body of Tafari Campbell, 45, from Great Pond in Edgartown, near the Obamas’ home on the vacation island’s south shore, on Monday. The body was eventually recovered using sonar, but emergency crews were unable to locate him until late in the evening.
Obama and his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, were not home at the time of the accident. Campbell worked as a sous chef at the White House during the Obama presidency and was hired when the Obamas left to join their staff.
“He has been a part of our lives ever since, and we are heartbroken that he is gone,” Obama said in a statement. “Today we join with all who knew and loved Tafari – especially his wife Sherris and their twin children Xavier and Savin – in mourning the loss of a truly wonderful man.”
The Obama family purchased a 7,000-square-foot mansion on Martha’s Vineyard in 2021 from Boston Celtics owner Wycliffe Gruesbeck. The house is adjacent to a coastal lagoon separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a narrow barrier beach.
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