Tafari Campbell (1978-2023) was a personal chef who served as White House Chef for eight years under George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He died near Martha’s Vineyard by drowning in July 2023.
Tafari Campbell was born on Sunday, 12 March 1978 (age 45 years; at the time of death) in Dumfries, Virginia, U.S.A. His zodiac sign is Pisces. He developed an interest in cooking while growing up and became a trained chef later.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Family & Ethnicity
He belonged to an African-American family.
Parents & Siblings
There are not much details available about his parents and siblings.
Wife & Children
He got married to Sherise Campbell on 9 October 1999. The couple had twin sons named Xavier and Savin.
He dated Sherise Campbell for a brief period of time before marrying her in 1999.
He followed Christianity.
White House Chef
He started working as a White House Chef during the Bush administration and was one of the four chefs who were retained when Barack Obama became the president. He worked for eight years at the White House.
After Obama left the White House, he served as the personal chef of Barack Obama and his family for a few years before opening his own personal chef business in 2016 which he named Thymeless Creations.
Tafari Campbell died by drowning at the age of 45 years. Police recovered his body from Edgartown Great Pond near Barack Obama’s home on Martha’s Vineyard on 24 July 2023. Allegedly, he had gone into the lake on 23 July 2023 to do paddle boarding with another person who could not be identified. Later, a person called the police department and informed them about the drowning of a person. The police team started a search and rescue operation on the night around 8 pm 23 July 2023. His body was recovered around 10 am on 24 July 2023 by sonar about 100ft (30 meters) from shore at a depth of about 8ft (2.4 meters), and he was not wearing a life jacket. Some people alleged that he did not know swimming; however, some people claimed that he was a good swimmer and raised suspicions about his death. Barack and Michelle Obama were not present at their house when Tafari’s body was recovered; however, they released a statement and condemned his death. They said,
- He loved playing golf and lifting weights during his leisure time.
- He was a movie buff and often watched films.