911 audio released from drowning of Obama's personal chef

 October 27, 2023

A released 911 call provides details of the moments surrounding the drowning death of former President Barack Obama's personal chef.

Tafari Campbell, 45, died in July in a paddleboarding accident near Obama's Martha's Vineyard estate.

The rescue attempt

"Now, three months on, the 911 call has revealed how Secret Service agents tried to find him in the water that night – but to no avail," AOL reported.

"In the audio, a Secret Service agent named Dave is heard telling a dispatcher that a man was 'drowning' out the back of the home," it added.

The conversation

“We have a male drowning in the back of the property now,” an agent identified as Dave said in the first of two emergency calls, according to the New York Post.

“We have our rescue swimmers, they’re attempting to go out there right now,” Dave told a dispatcher, it continued.

The background

"Campbell was employed by Obama at the time of his death and was visiting Martha's Vineyard. Barack and Michelle Obama weren't present during the incident," Fox News reported.

"In a joint statement released on July 24, the Obamas said Campbell was asked to stay with them when they left the White House," it noted.

A Secret Service spokesperson also told the outlet that, "This was an incredibly tragic day for everyone and our thoughts are with the Campbell and Obama families and the former President's staff."

Campbell's death was the focus of much speculation on social media and in some initial reports. The released audio appears to hopefully provide a record of what took place to end rumors related to the tragic loss.

The Obamas previously released a glowing statement about their personal chef, noting that Tafari held a special place in our hearts. They noted that he served as a skilled sous chef at the White House, displaying his creativity and deep passion for culinary arts, which he believed had the power to unite people. Over the ensuing years, the family came to know him and claimed he was "the kind person who made all of our lives a little brighter," according to the statement.

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