The Obama Family Chef Tafari Campbell Dies in Paddleboard Accident

Michelle Obama and Barack Obama honor their friend Tafari Campbell’s tragic death. Campbell’s body was found on July 24 at the Obama estate in Martha’s Vineyard. At the time of the drowning, the Obama family was away from their Martha Vineyard residence. The Massachusetts police confirmed with the Chicago Sun-Times that Campbell was reported missing the evening prior to July 24. Campbell’s body was discovered by divers and had drowned in the waters near the estate while he was paddleboarding. Based on his social media, Tafari loved swimming and the water.



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Both Michelle and Barack Obama mourned and honored a post for Tafari Campbell.


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The Barack family recognized Campbell while he was serving as a sous chef in the White House. When they were preparing to leave the White House in 2016, they had asked Tafari to come along with them as their personal chef. Following the news of Campbell’s passing, the Barack family released a statement honoring and mourning the loss of their close family friend.

“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. 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. Today we join everyone who knew and loved Tafari — especially his wife Sherise and their twin boys, Xavier and Savin — in grieving the loss of a truly wonderful man.”

Rest in Peace Tafari Campbell.

Published by HOLR Magazine.