‘I’ll miss him day-after-day’: President Obama mourns private chef who died paddleboarding on Martha’s Winery

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Tafari Campbell was 45.

Former President Barack Obama mourned the lack of his private chef, Tafari Campbell, in an Instagram put up Thursday. Campbell died whereas paddleboarding on Martha’s Winery final week.

On Thursday, Obama shared an image of himself with Campbell and Campbell’s spouse Sherise.

“Tafari Campbell confirmed us what true character seems to be like,” the previous president wrote. “He believed that actions converse louder than phrases. And he used his immense items to carry individuals collectively, present consolation, and unfold pleasure. I’ll miss him day-after-day.”

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Campbell, 45, was paddleboarding on the night of July 23 at Nice Edgartown Pond when he appeared to battle, went into the water, and by no means got here out. Authorities looked for his physique and recovered it from the water the subsequent day.

A Virginia resident, Campbell was visiting Martha’s Winery — the place the Obamas have a summer season house — when he died. The Obamas weren’t at their island house when he died.

Campbell first labored as a sous chef on the White Home below President George W. Bush. He was one of some cooks who had been requested to remain on when Obama took workplace.

The Obamas preferred Campbell’s cooking a lot they requested him to come back work for them personally after Barack Obama left workplace.

“Tafari was a beloved a part of our household,” the Obamas stated in a earlier assertion.

Campbell leaves behind Sherise and their twin boys.