President’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, dies
April 8th, 2014
05:59 PM ET
6 months ago

President’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, dies

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's aunt has died in Boston after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to her immigration lawyer.

Margaret W. Wong and Associates released a statement Tuesday that Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Obama’s late father, Barack Obama, Sr., had died on Monday in Boston.

Onyango was born in Kenya in 1952 and became well known in 2008 when questions about her immigration status came to light during her nephew’s first run for president.

Onyango applied for political asylum in 2002 due to violence in Kenya. Her request was turned down. She appealed twice but was denied each time and ordered to leave the country.

Wong fought on her behalf and in 2010 she won her asylum case with the Immigration Court in Boston. Wong later helped her obtain her green card.

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.

CNN's Lawrence Crook and Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


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  1. Rick

    Dear President Obama,

    I am sorry to hear about your Aunt. I hope that you and your family will be ok and that your Aunt's family will seek God for strength at this sorrowful time.

    April 8, 2014 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Rusty Shackelford

    I'm confused, how does one "win" an asylum case when there isn't any violence in Kenya and the government which has power over immigration ordered her to leave?

    April 8, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. bitterjava

    Why is this news?

    April 8, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. JS

    Take the word "aunt" out of the headline and it would have been a glorious day for America. Too bad!

    April 8, 2014 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Letitia Wilkerson

    May Gods peace continue to be with you and your family Mr.President.

    April 8, 2014 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. mikewj

    My condolences to Aunt Onyango's family, including the POTUS

    April 8, 2014 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Sam

    Sad news. RIP. I remember George bush jr. was very magnanimous in accepting her asylum when he was president even though he didn't have to. Please trolls let's keep the comments respectful of the dead

    April 8, 2014 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Diaa

    We are from him and to him …..My sincere condolences to her family..

    April 8, 2014 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Donnie the Lion

    And somewhere in America, a racist rejoices.

    April 8, 2014 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Mike

    I was wondering why he liked to kiss illegal immigrant butt so much!

    April 8, 2014 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Steven Brooks

    Cue the racist trolls.

    RIP, Ms. Onyango.

    April 8, 2014 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Adam a

    She lived here as an illegal immigrant and did indeed prove that illegal immigrants receive welfare even without anchor babies

    April 8, 2014 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Jonus Grumby

    Does Obama & his aunt have the same immigration attorney?

    April 8, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. goodmorningcaptain

    Cue the birthers and insensitive trolls in 5-4-3-2-1...

    April 8, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. JB

    1st victim of obamacare!!

    April 8, 2014 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. ram

    I am sorry for the family's loss and wish her peace. I sincerely hope that the comments here will reflect the occasion of a death and focus on good wishes and condolences. I would say the same no matter whose aunt this was.

    April 8, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Hog

    "Onyango applied for political asylum in 2002 due to violence in Kenya."

    There was no violence in the Republic of Kenya during those periods. It was most likely the influence from her nephew.

    But the Kenyans reject Obama and Onyango and others from that Muslim family because they want Sharia law. The Republic of Kenya is a Constitutional government and The People mostly reject the Muslim ways.

    April 8, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. -

    I am sorry for the President's loss and the loss of the family.

    April 8, 2014 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. deee510

    RIP God bless and rest your soul

    April 8, 2014 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. Donny

    Sorry to hear this. I hope the President and his family finds peace, even though we all know he won't because all the racist haters will be on here spewing all their hateful nonsense.

    April 8, 2014 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Cooper

    Gentle thoughts to the President and his family at this time.

    April 8, 2014 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. Grahamman

    I'm gonna say it anyway, Bet she had Obamacare.

    April 8, 2014 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. chi-chi

    Sorry for the loss Mr. President. I recall reading about her from your book "Dreams From My Father".

    April 8, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. Dwayne

    Aw, GeezUs! It's all okay now.

    April 8, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. Ben

    Regardless of any political views or thoughts about immigration , let's be the nation we once were and show compassion for the loss of a loved one.

    April 8, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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