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Three Months After Tragic Incident Near Barack Obama’s Vacation Home, Shocking 911 Details Disrupt the Internet

Published 10/25/2023, 12:13 PM EDT

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Tafari Campbell, 45, was reported missing on July 24 after he went paddleboarding the previous evening. He was the former US President, Barack Obama’s personal chef. He was found dead three months ago and authorities had ruled it as an accidental drowning. As per reports, the incident happened in Edgartown Great Pond.

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“Tafari was a beloved part of our family,” said Obama in a statement after the chef’s body was found. Now a 911 call is available that reveals how Secret Service agents tried to find him.

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‘DailyMail’ obtained the audio recording of the 911 call made by Barack Obama’s Secret Service agents after Campbell fell off a paddleboard on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. A Secret Service agent identified as Dave made a frantic 911 call to report the accident at 7:46 p.m. During the distress call, he said, “We have a male drowning in the back of the property now.”

The male paddleboarding victim in question was Tafari Campbell, who fell off his paddleboard into the Edgartown Great Pond. Dave relayed to the 911 agent that “our rescue swimmers” and agents were getting ready in a boat. Overall, mystery shrouds the entire accident, as many of the details are still under wraps.


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Even Dave, the agent, wasn’t sure about the witness to Tafari Campbell’s fall into the water. Another unnamed and unidentified staffer had alerted the rescuers. He could only confirm, “Someone came running up to our back post, saying a gentleman, it’s just a guest of the house, is out there drowning”. The 911 call audio is heavily redacted, making it hard to form a complete picture of the paddleboarding accident.

However, the investigators reported Tafari Campbell’s death to the media in full disclosure. They stated “submersion in a body of water” to be the culprit. His death has left a void in the Obama household and touched the heartstrings of the former President.

Barack Obama mourned the passing of his favorite chef


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As a politician and former US President, Barack Obama chose his staff very carefully. To cook his meals, he went with chef Tafari Campbell. Each member of the former first family had developed a close relationship with the charming man. His passing has no doubt affected the family deeply, as they considered him more than just an employee.

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The Obamas released a statement that said, “Tafari was a beloved part of our family…he was a talented sous chef at the White House — creative and passionate about food, and its ability to bring people together… we got to know him as a warm, fun, extraordinarily kind person who made all of our lives a little brighter.” From this heartfelt note, it is apparent that he was a cherished member of the family.


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While authorities officially ruled an accidental drowning, they are yet to address how a capable swimmer could have drowned in shallow water, as per ‘DailyMail’.

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Anchal Ahuja


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Anchal Ahuja is a US sports author for Essentially Sports. Her passion for storytelling and creating insights led her to delve into sports journalism. As an ardent follower of swimming, she idolizes the Baltimore Bullet Michael Phelps and draws inspiration from her famous quote, “The more you dream, the more you achieve.
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