Barrack Obama’s Personal Chef Found D€ad

Massachusetts Police have said that there is “no evidence” of anything “suspicious” with the drowning d€ath of the Barack Obama’s personal chef Tafari Campbell.

Campbell, 45, tragically di€d in a paddleboarding accident in the water close to the former president’s home in Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday night.

Police in Edgartown, Massachusetts, confirmed on Monday morning that his body had been recovered from the town’s Great Pond.

Campbell had worked for the Obamas at the White House and then joined the family as their personal chef afterwards. Police said Barack and Michelle Obama were not at home when Campbell di€d but were on the island.

Their daughters Sasha and Malia were spotted leaving Martha’s Vineyard after the tragedy.

“Tafari was a beloved part of our family,” the Obama family said in a statement. “Our hearts are broken that he’s gone…”

In an update on Tuesday, Massachusetts Police said that “he was not wearing a personal flotation device and was not leashed to the paddle board” when he fell into the water. He was with a fellow paddle boarder – who has not been named – who tried to help but could not reach him in time, police said.

Barack Obama and his family have paid tribute to the former president’s longtime personal chef after he died while paddleboarding near their home in Martha’s Vineyard.

What do we know about Tafari Campbell’s life?

Campbell’s Instagram account is that of a man who took great pride in his craft, enjoyed golfing and improving his fitness, and loved his family.

Interspersed between numerous photos of elegantly-presented dishes, from Chinese dumplings to peach-flavoured mini bread puddings, there are numerous snapshots of him with his wife Sherise, who runs a baking and catering firm and whom Campbell frequently described as his “best friend”.

One photo showed the young couple’s wedding back in 1999, with the caption “happy 21st anniversary!!!!”

Others showed them seeing 2018’s smash hit Black Panther, eating at a restaurant and at the beach on holiday in Aruba.

There are also a few pictures of Campbell with his twin sons, who are now 19 years old.

About a year and a half later, two videos showed Campbell practicing various swimming strokes over beginner distances, with the hashtags “#Progress” and “#survivalskills”.

Workers at the Edgartown Meat and Fish Market told The Daily Mail that Campbell was “a wonderful guy” who visited regularly to chat about what he was cooking or make special orders of orange juice and strawberry lemonade.

“We saw him last week, he was such a nice and happy guy,” one staff member said. “He didn’t seem to live here but would be here a lot in summer and fall, and bought various things.

“He was nice and quiet; it’s awful to hear that’s happened to him.”

On her own Instagram account on Monday night, Sherise reacted to her husband’s death with one word: “Heartbroken.”

“The investigation into the death of Tafari Campbell, 45, of Virginia, who was recovered from Edgartown Great Pond on Monday, as well as an initial post-mortem examination by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, found no evidence that the death was suspicious,” Massachusetts State Police said in an update on Tuesday.

“The on-scene observation of the victim by State Police personnel and the post-mortem examination by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner revealed no external trauma or injuries.

“An interview of the paddle boarder who was with Mr Campbell indicates that Mr Campbell was standing on his paddle board, lost his balance and fell into the water, then struggled to stay afloat but could not do so.

“He was not wearing a personal flotation device and was not leashed to the paddle board. The fellow paddle boarder tried to swim to Mr Campbell’s location but did not reach him in time.

“The other paddle boarder then swam to shore and notified a person on shore of what had happened. That person placed a 911 call to the Dukes County Regional Emergency Communications Center, which initiated an immediate emergency search and rescue response by numerous public safety agencies.

“The police investigation and post-mortem examination is completed except for receipt of toxicology results, which is a standard procedure in all autopsies that generally takes several weeks to complete.

“Barring any further significant developments, which are not expected at this time, the State Police will provide no further updates on Mr Campbell’s tragic passing.”

Who was Tafari Campbell?

Campbell’s name was already familiar to aides, journalists and other people who had worked in and around the Obama White House between 2008 and 2016.

As a longtime chef to America’s 44th president, he had appeared in photos taken by the Associated Press and in a YouTube video posted by Mr Obama’s staff.

“When we first met him, he was a talented sous chef at the White House – creative and passionate about food, and its ability to bring people together.

“In the years that followed, we got to know him as a warm, fun, extraordinarily kind person who made all of our lives a little brighter.

“That’s why, 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.”

A video posted by the then president’s office in 2012 showed Campbell brewing beer using honey from the beehive Michelle Obama had set up on the building’s South Lawn, thought to be the first time anyone has brewed or distilled alcohol on the actual White House premises.

“You don’t want to go too fast, creating a lot of air, which will make the beer taste bad,” Campbell said on camera as he siphoned liquid into a container in a video posted to YouTube that year.

Flight crews, dive teams and boat crews wielding side-scan sonar joined the search, with aerial support from the US Coast Guard (USCG). The victim’s paddle board and hat were found later that day.

On Monday morning, the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) said in a statement that the search was paused to “assess [the] next steps”, before adding that afternoon that they had found a body at around 10am on Monday.

The police search was conducted by divers and boat crews employing side-scan sonar technology and aerial support from the MSP and USCG helicopter crews, its statement said.

“The recovery was made approximately 100 feet from shore at a depth of about eight feet,” MSP said. “The investigation into the fatality is being conducted by the State Police Detective Unit for the Cape and Islands District and Edgartown Police.”

Finally, on Monday evening, MSP named the deceased as 45-year-old Tafari Campbell from Dumfries, Virginia, saying he was a longtime employee of the Obamas and that neither Mr Obama nor his wife Michelle were home at the time of his d€ath.

A cause of death has not been confirmed, but a press release by the law enforcement agency was tagged as a “drowning” on its website.

What happened to Tafari Campbell?

First responders were first alerted of the emergency at around 7.40pm on Sunday, when they were called to the Obama family’s country estate by reports of a drowning man.

The property is a roughly 7,000 sq ft mansion surrounded by 30 acres of land near Turkeyland Cove on Martha’s Vineyard, a large island south of Cape Cod in New England that has been a popular summer haunt for America’s moneyed elite since the 19th century.

Mr Obama purchased the house for approximately $11.75m in 2019.

Officials from Edgartown Fire, State Police patrols, Air Wing and the Dukes County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the scene. A witness who was paddleboarding with the man said he had gone underwater after struggling to stay on the surface, and never come back up.

Tafari Campbell: What we know about Obama chef and loving husband

The search for a missing paddleboarder near the Obamas’ mansion in Martha’s Vineyard ended in tragedy when a dead body in the water was identified as the family’s longtime personal chef.

On Monday 24 July, Massachusetts police named Tafari Campbell, 45, from Virginia, as the man who had perished the previous evening while paddleboarding on Edgartown Great Pond, a large costal pool connected to the Atlantic Ocean.

Campbell had cooked for Barack Obama and his family during their time in the White House and continued to work for them as a personal chef after Mr Obama left office in 2016.

The Obama family described Campbell as “a truly wonderful man”, while his wife Sherise Campbell said she was “heartbroken”.

Here’s everything we know about the case.

A man arrested near former President Barack Obama‘s Washington home on charges in the U.S. Capitol riot had two guns, 400 rounds of ammunition as well as a machete in his van, a federal prosecutor said Friday.

Taylor Taranto, 37, was arrested Thursday after being spotted a few blocks from the former president’s home and chased by U.S. Secret Service agents. Court documents unsealed Friday show Taranto is charged with four misdemeanors related to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, including disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds.

Barack Obama and his family have paid tribute to the former president’s longtime personal chef after he died while paddleboarding near their home in Martha’s Vineyard.

Campbell, 45, previously had a brush with public fame in 2012 when he helped brew a series of ales using honey from the beehives set up by Michelle Obama on the White House’s South Lawn.

“As far as we know, the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds,” said a statement from Mr Obama’s office at the time.

The recipe was released to the public after a petition to do so gained around 12,000 signatures.




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