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By Mae Slater on
 May 14, 2024

Dramatic 911 Call Details Barack Obama's Personal Chef's Tragic Death

Tafari Campbell, Barack Obama's personal chef, tragically drowned in the Edgartown Great Pond near the former president's Martha's Vineyard estate on July 23. Despite immediate rescue efforts, his body was recovered the following morning.

The Independent reported that Campbell was paddleboarding in the Edgartown Great Pond when the tragedy occurred. A dramatic 911 call revealed the frantic efforts of Secret Service agents who responded to the incident. The call captured the urgency as agent Dave reported, “We have a male drowning in the back of the property now.”

Former President Obama arrived on the scene minutes after the 911 call was made. Despite rescue swimmers being deployed immediately, they were unable to locate Campbell that night.

“Our rescue swimmers aren’t able to locate the gentleman that was reported drowning,” Dave reported during the call.

Rescue Efforts and Recovery

Rescue efforts continued throughout the night with the use of sonar technology. The following morning, Campbell’s body was found approximately 100 feet from shore, submerged eight feet underwater. The recovery brought a somber end to the desperate search.

Tafari Campbell had been a cherished member of the Obama family’s staff. He initially served as a sous chef at the White House before becoming the Obamas' personal chef after the end of Barack Obama's second term.

The Obamas expressed their deep sorrow in a statement: “Tafari was a beloved part of our family.” They recalled their first meeting with him at the White House, describing him as a talented sous chef who was passionate about food and its power to bring people together.

In their heartfelt tribute, the Obamas highlighted Campbell's warm and kind nature. “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,” they said. This sentiment reflects the profound impact Campbell had on those around him.

“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,” the Obamas shared. The depth of their connection to Campbell is evident in their words, underscoring the personal loss they feel.

Tafari Campbell is survived by his wife, Sherise, and their twin boys, Xavier and Savin. The family, along with the Obamas, is mourning the loss of a man who was not only a skilled chef but also a cherished friend and family member.

Community and National Reaction

The news of Campbell's drowning has reverberated beyond Martha's Vineyard, touching those who knew him through his work and those who were inspired by his story. The Obamas' statement concluded with a call to join them in grieving the loss of a truly wonderful man.

“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,” they stated. This collective mourning reflects the widespread admiration and affection for Campbell.

The tragic drowning of Tafari Campbell has left a deep void in the lives of those who knew him.

His dedication to his craft and his ability to bring joy through his culinary talents were evident to all who met him. As the Obamas and the broader community reflect on his life, the memories of his kindness and warmth continue to resonate.

In summary, Tafari Campbell's untimely death is a poignant reminder of the fragility of life. The efforts to rescue him, the personal involvement of the Obamas, and the heartfelt tributes paint a picture of a man who was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.


Tafari Campbell, Barack Obama's personal chef, drowned while paddleboarding near the former president's Martha's Vineyard estate. Immediate rescue efforts by Secret Service agents were unsuccessful, and his body was recovered the following morning using sonar technology. Campbell, a talented and beloved chef, is survived by his wife and twin boys. The Obamas, along with many others, are mourning the loss of a man who was a cherished part of their lives.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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