Authorities have identified the body of a missing paddle boarder whose remains were found in a lake in the Massachusetts tourist town of Martha’s Vineyard as that of former President Barack Obama’s personal chef.
A paddle boarder was observed struggling and disappearing under the water on Sunday night near the Obamas’ home in Edgartown Great Pond, sparking a two-day hunt for Tafari Campbell, 45.
In a statement released on Monday, former President Obama and his wife Michelle Obama revealed that they have hired a former White House sous chef who joined the family after Obama’s second term ended in 2016.
“Tafari was a beloved part of our family,” the Obamas said in a joint statement. “He was … 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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Police claimed that on Sunday, after getting a report that a man paddle boarder had entered the water and appeared to struggle before falling under, divers began searching for Campbell. He vanished into thin air and was never seen again.
According to the Massachusetts State Police, Campbell’s body was pulled from Edgartown Great Pond on Monday. The Obamas stated the chef is survived by his wife Sherise and their twin boys.
The Obamas were not on the island when Campbell, a resident of Dumfries, Virginia, died, according to the Massachusetts State Police. Authorities are looking into his death, they added.
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