Tuesday, the cause and manner of death for former US President Barack Obama’s longtime personal chef, Tafari Campbell, were released.
On July 23, 45-year-old Campbell tragically lost his life while paddle boarding on Great Edgartown Pond in Martha’s Vineyard.
Reports indicate that a female Obama staffer was with him at the time of his death.
According to witness accounts, Campbell was without a life jacket and not tethered to his board when he lost his balance and fell off his paddleboard into the water.
Struggling to stay afloat, he eventually disappeared beneath the surface.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Massachusetts has concluded that after conducting a thorough investigation and performing an autopsy, Campbell’s cause of death was deemed an accident.
However, despite having been able to swim as evidenced by a video previously posted, Campbell was found in eight feet deep water.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Tuesday released the finalized cause and manner of death for Campbell:
- Cause: Drowning
- Manner: Accident
- How injury occurred: Submersion in a body of water
The details of the autopsy have yet to be released to the public, but Timothy McGuirk, a spokesman for the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, confirmed that no evidence of external trauma or injuries were found on Campbell’s body.
The Edgartown Police Department’s logs have raised serious questions about the tragic drowning of Obama’s personal chef, Tafari Campbell. On the night of the incident, a 911 distress call was received at precisely 7:46pm reporting that Campbell was struggling to stay afloat on the surface before he drowned.
However, what is concerning is that the call log of this distress call omits any indication as to why such a call was made in the first place – an inconsistency considering that all other calls made that evening had their reasons clearly mentioned.
This has left a significant void in understanding what exactly happened leading up to Campbell’s death.
Questions have arisen surrounding the exact origin of a Secret Service emergency call made from the Obama estate in Edgartown.
According to Massachusetts State Police records, the first call originated from the Obamas’ residence. However, the call log was marked as Wilson’s Landing, a popular paddle board launch site roughly two miles away.
In response to queries about this discrepancy, Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee suggested that it may be due to the call being made on a direct line rather than dialing 911, which would automatically generate location data.
He added that the address was listed as Wilson’s Landing since that was where their command post was located at the time and the exact location of the incident was unclear.
Recently, the Daily Mail uncovered a concerning incident involving Massachusetts state police. It appears that they attempted to conceal information related to the drowning of Barack Obama’s personal chef while still ruling the death an “accident.”
Justin Silverman, the head of the region’s First Amendment coalition, explained to the Daily Mail that police are abusing the public records law after ruling out foul play.
The burden is on law enforcement to show how their investigation may be jeopardized by releasing certain information. And they’re not doing that right now. This really flies in the face of Public Records Law.
Evidence is mounting that state police officials are engaging in a cover-up, going to great lengths to prevent other agencies from speaking out about their involvement in the response.
It has been reported that these officials have provided departments with rejection letters to send to media outlets who have been persistently questioning them on the issue.
This suggests an attempt to control the narrative and limit any damage caused by potential negative press coverage.
Here is what one of them says:
Hello. At this time, we will not be releasing any recordings or materials, the message read, and cited the state Public Records Law, noting it exempts the release of records that ‘would probably so prejudice the possibility of effective law enforcement that such disclosure would not be in the public interest.
The exemption allows investigative officials to withhold materials that could compromise investigative efforts if disclosed.
Major Susan Schofield, the supervisor of communications for the sheriff’s office, only made excuses when pressed by the Daily Mail.
Sorry, I’m trying to abide by the law. Obviously, we’re getting a lot of requests and we don’t like to not give out information, but we can’t.