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Cause Of Death For Obama’s Personal Sous Chef Revealed

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The official cause of death for the personal sous chef of former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama has been announced.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Massachusetts said that the death of Tafari Campbell, 45, was an accident, The Washington Post reported.

“Timothy McGuirk, a spokesman for the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, said the commonwealth does not release autopsy results to the public. But McGuirk said the chief medical examiner ruled Tuesday that Campbell’s death was an accident. The former White House sous chef had drowned July 23 while paddle boarding on Edgartown Great Pond, near the Obamas’ home on Martha’s Vineyard, where Campbell, 45, had been visiting,” the report said.

“Campbell was standing on his paddleboard when he lost his balance and fell off. He struggled to remain afloat before slipping beneath the water. Campbell was not wearing a life jacket and wasn’t secured to his board. Campbell’s body was found in about 8 feet of water,” The Boston Globe reported.

“According to the Boston paper, on the evening of July 23, an unidentified woman wasn’t able to assist Campbell after she saw him go under. A rescue swimmer, presumably a separate person, also tried to find Campbell but could not, according to the Globe. Boat crews, dive teams and even a Coast Guard helicopter searched for Campbell that night, according to the paper. Campbell’s body was recovered the following morning,” the report said.

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Former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have issued statements regarding the death of their personal chef.

Their chef, and friend, Tafari Campbell, 45, of Dumfries, Va., died by drowning after falling off of his paddleboard and his body was recovered from Edgartown Great Pond last month, Fox News reported

A witness who was paddleboarding with him watched him fall and attempted to get to him to rescue him, but was too late.

He was paddleboarding near the Obama’s home on Martha’s Vineyard and was not wearing a life jacket and police have said no foul play is suspected.

“Tafari Campbell showed us what true character looks like. He believed that actions speak louder than words. And he used his immense gifts to bring people together, provide comfort, and spread joy. I’ll miss him every day,” the former president said on Instagram.

“I will miss my friend, Tafari…the emptiness is hard. But I promise to stay strong, keep living, and honor your legacy in every way possible. Rest in peace, my brother,” the former first lady said.

It has been particularly tough for the Obamas as can by seen by their Instagram messages, Campbell was a friend to them.

“Mr. Campbell was employed by former President Obama and was visiting Martha’s Vineyard at the time of his passing. President and Mrs. Obama were not present at the residence at the time of the accident,” the Massachusetts State Police said.

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But one person has claimed a coverup is happening at the hands of police as they are not being forthcoming with information, The Daily Mail reported.

The state is citing a Public Records Law exemption that allows police to withhold any information that could jeopardize an active investigation.

But the head of the region’s First Amendment coalition told DailyMail.com that police are abusing that law, given they’ve already ruled out foul play.

The only matter pending is a toxicology report that could show whether Campbell had drugs in his system or suffered some sort of medical episode.

“’The burden is on law enforcement to show how their investigation may be jeopardized by releasing certain information,” New England First Amendment Coalition executive director Justin Silverman said. “And they’re not doing that right now. This really flies in the face of Public Records Law.”

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