Man who drowned near Barack Obama’s mansion was former White House sous chef; the Obamas issue statement
· Jul 24, 2023 ·

The paddleboarder who drowned near former President Barack Obama's Martha's Vineyard has been confirmed to be Tafari Campbell, who served as a White House chef in the 44th president's administration.

Tafari Campbell, 45, known as one of the chefs who brewed White House honey ale beer while Obama was in office — using honey from Michelle Obama's famous South Lawn garden — went to work for the former first couple when they left the White House.

The Obamas released this statement:

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.

Campbell was visiting the island when he drowned, but the Obamas were not reportedly home at the time.

Here is the original report:

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