Barack Obama’s Chef’s Cause Of Death Confirmed After Tragic Accident

Barack Obama Chef
Credit: @michelleobama / Instagram & Alamy

The cause of death of Barack Obama’s chef has been confirmed after he was involved in a tragic accident.

Tafari Campbell, 45, worked as part of the former president’s staff in the White House.

Even after Obama left office in 2016, the chef still worked closely with him and his family.

Sadly, it was announced recently that he passed away while visiting Obama’s home in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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Campbell died while paddleboarding in the waters close to the former president’s home in late July.

His body was recovered a day later about 100 feet from the shore and eight feet underwater in Edgartown Great Pond.

The Obama family was not present at the Massachusetts home during the accident.

Timothy McGuirk, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, has disclosed to the media that his cause of death has been ruled as drowning and the manner of death has been determined as an accident.

Authorities have also shared that at the time of his passing, Campbell ‘was not wearing a personal flotation device and was not leashed to the paddle board’ when he fell into the water.

“The other paddleboarder then swam to shore and notified a person on the shore of what had happened,” police said, as per The Independent.

“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.”

Tafari Campbell
Tafari Campbell’s cause of death has been deemed as an accident. Credit: Alamy

At the time of his death, Obama and his wife Michelle paid a heartfelt tribute to their chef.

Then penned: “Tafari was a beloved part of our family.

“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.”

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Obama Family with chef
The death occurred after he reportedly fell into the water during a session of paddleboarding. Credit: @michelleobama / Instagram

During his time at the White House, Campbell contributed significantly to creating some of the most famous presidential recipes, including a special beer brewed from ingredients grown at the White House.

When the time came for the first family to leave Washington, they did not want to part ways with Campbell.

They extended a heartfelt invitation for him to join them, and he graciously accepted, becoming an inseparable part of their lives ever since.

Campbell leaves behind a loving wife, Sherise, and their twin boys, Xavier and Savin.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.