(UnitedVoice.com) – Tafari Campbell worked for former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama for more than a decade. First, he served as a sous chef at the White House and later as the family’s private chef. Sadly, he recently passed away after a tragic accident.
On Sunday, July 23, Campbell went paddleboarding in Edgartown Great Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. He was near the Obamas’ home, but they were not there at the time. Reports indicate people noticed someone struggling in the water. Onlookers saw him disappear under the water and fail to resurface. Several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene and began searching for Campbell.
During the search, the Massachusetts Environmental Police deployed sonar on the lake to try to find the 45-year-old. On Monday morning, just before 10 a.m., authorities found him floating about 100 feet from the shore. He was pronounced dead.
The Obamas released a statement upon learning of Campbell’s death, calling him a “beloved” part of their family. They talked about his talent when he worked at the White House and the relationship they developed with him since they left, saying he was a “warm, fun, extraordinarily kind person” who made everyone’s lives brighter.
Before working for the Obamas, the talented chef served the Bush family. During their time at the White House, Campbell helped the Obamas create their Honey Brown Ale. It was the first time residents of the most famous address in America had brewed beer in its kitchen.
When the Obamas left the White House, they asked Campbell to continue working for them. He agreed and had been with them since. The former first family said their “hearts are broken that he’s gone.”
Police stated that Campbell did not have a life jacket on when he drowned. His body was found in about eight feet of water.
Campbell is survived by his wife, Sherise, and their twin boys, Savin and Xavier.
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