(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.
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.
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?
Why is this news?
Take the word "aunt" out of the headline and it would have been a glorious day for America. Too bad!
May Gods peace continue to be with you and your family Mr.President.
My condolences to Aunt Onyango's family, including the POTUS
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
We are from him and to him …..My sincere condolences to her family..
And somewhere in America, a racist rejoices.
I was wondering why he liked to kiss illegal immigrant butt so much!
Cue the racist trolls.
RIP, Ms. Onyango.
She lived here as an illegal immigrant and did indeed prove that illegal immigrants receive welfare even without anchor babies
Does Obama & his aunt have the same immigration attorney?
Cue the birthers and insensitive trolls in 5-4-3-2-1...
1st victim of obamacare!!
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.
"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.
I am sorry for the President's loss and the loss of the family.
RIP God bless and rest your soul
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.
Gentle thoughts to the President and his family at this time.
I'm gonna say it anyway, Bet she had Obamacare.
Sorry for the loss Mr. President. I recall reading about her from your book "Dreams From My Father".
Aw, GeezUs! It's all okay now.
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.