Death of Obamas’ chef on Martha’s Vineyard ruled an accident, autopsy confirms

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The death of the Obamas’ personal chef on a lake near the former president’s estate on Martha’s Vineyard has been ruled an accident, according to new autopsy details released on Tuesday.

Tafari Campbell, 45, of Dumfries, Virginia, disappeared on July 23 while paddleboarding in the waters of Edgartown Great Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. His body was recovered the next morning following an extensive search.

Campbell’s cause of death was determined to be an accidental drowning due to submersion in a body of water, Timothy McGuirk, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, confirmed to Fox News.

Campbell had struggled to stay above water near Turkeyland Cove, went under around 7:46 p.m. and did not resurface, authorities said. Another paddleboarder was on the pond with him at the time and witnessed him go under the water, officials said.

Campbell was employed by the former president and was visiting Martha’s Vineyard at the time of his death, Massachusetts State Police said. Barack and Michelle Obama were not present at the home at the time of the accident, MSP said.

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