The body of the former White House sous chef who worked for former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle was found in the pond close to their Martha’s Vineyard house on Monday, according to Massachusetts authorities.

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As one of the chefs who created White House honey ale beer while Obama was president using honey from Michelle Obama’s well-known South Lawn garden, Tafari Campbell, 45, joined the former first couple’s staff after they departed the White House.

Campbell was from Dumfries, Virginia, and, according to Massachusetts State Police, “was visiting Martha’s Vineyard at the time of his death. At the time of the accident, President and Mrs. Obama were not at home.

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Authorities began looking for a missing paddle boarder in the waters close to the Obama residence on Sunday after receiving reports of his disappearance.

The Massachusetts State Police diver teams retrieved Campbell’s body from the Edgartown Great Pond just after 10 a.m.

Following the discovery of Campbell’s body by Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers “deploying side-scan sonar from a boat,” the divers made the recovery.

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In a statement, the Obamas said of one of the top chefs in the White House kitchen: “Tafari was a beloved part of our family. When we first met him, he was a talented sous chef at the White House — creative and passionate about food, and its ability to bring people together. In the years that followed, we got to know him as a warm, fun, extraordinarily kind person who made all of our lives a little brighter.

“That’s why, when we were getting ready to leave the White House, we asked Tafari to stay with us, and he generously agreed. He’s been part of our lives ever since, and our hearts are broken that he’s gone.