The autopsy details revealed that Campbell's cause of death was an accidental drowning due to submersion in a body of water. According to Timothy McGuirk, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Campbell had struggled to stay above water near Turkeyland Cove around 7:46 p.m. on July 23 and did not resurface.
Campbell, a 45-year-old father of two, was a former White House chef for two presidents and had become the personal chef of the Obamas. He was visiting Martha's Vineyard at the time of his death and was employed by the former president. The Obamas were not present at the home during the accident, as confirmed by the Massachusetts State Police.
The Obamas released a joint statement expressing their grief and how Campbell had become a beloved part of their family after leaving the White House. They first met Campbell when he was a talented sous chef at the White House, and they were impressed by his creativity and passion for food. They described him as a warm, fun, and extraordinarily kind person who brightened their lives.
Campbell's wife, Sherise Campbell, took to Instagram to express her devastation over her husband's death. She asked for prayers as she and their families dealt with this loss. Campbell is survived by his wife and their twin boys, Xavier and Savin.
The recovery of Campbell's body came after an extensive search by authorities at Edgartown Great Pond. The search lasted for hours, and his body was finally found approximately 100 feet from shore at a depth of about eight feet.
The news of Campbell's tragic accident shocked and saddened many, as he was not only a renowned chef but also a cherished member of the Obama family. The details surrounding his death serve as a reminder of the dangers of water activities and the importance of water safety.