More details have emerged concerning the death of Tafari Campbell, a chef to former U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, causing further speculation about the circumstances of Campbell’s death.
“We have new information tonight in the drowning death of Obama’s chef Tafari Campbell,” the eponymous host of the Fox News show “Jesse Watters Primetime” announced on Friday. “The Massachusetts State Police responded to our FOIA request and released their report with some redactions.”
“According to the report, Obama was on the scene shortly after Campbell went missing,” Watters said. “The report also states an unmanned female staffer jumped into the water when Tafari fell off his board, but it was already too late. He disappeared.”
“We also now know that Secret Service has surveillance footage of Campbell from Obama’s compound moments before he entered the water,” the host said. “So we’re going to see if we can get that, and we may have that for you. Again, we’re very, very sorry for Tafari’s family. That was a serious, serious tragedy,” he said.
Judicial Watch, a watchdog group, made these details public on its website. Many key figures and locations in the report were redacted for confidentiality.
“The documents were produced to Judicial Watch in response to a July 25, 2003, Massachusetts Public Records Law request for all records relating to the death of Campbell,” the group stated.
The documents revealed that Campbell’s family informed the police that he had taken swimming lessons in 2019. However, they described his swimming ability as “not a great swimmer.” The tragic incident took place in Edgartown Great Pond, which the Massachusetts Environmental Police estimated to be around seven-to-eight feet deep.
A female eyewitness, an employee of Obama whose name remains confidential, provided a statement to the state police. She reported seeing Campbell “fall off his paddleboard, began splashing and became extremely panicked, yelling for help and subsequently went underwater very quickly.” By the time she reached his paddleboard, Campbell had vanished into the murky water, Judicial Watch reported.
The records also included a detailed report from Mass. State Trooper Dustin Shaw, which outlined the events leading up to Campbell’s death. On July 23, 2023, at around 7:58 p.m., a 911 call was made from a location in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard. The caller identified himself as a United States Secret Service Special Agent.
The report detailed that two individuals had gone paddle boarding at Edgartown Great Pond. One of them, identified as Tafari Campbell, was seen struggling in the water before disappearing beneath the surface. The other individual, whose identity was redacted, managed to return to shore and alert the U.S. Secret Service. Despite immediate search efforts, Campbell was not located.
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