(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.
RIP ....sad day for the family
Who cares?? Really??? People die everyday, why does this make CNN?
Usually I take any chance I get to rip apart the president but this time i will say and mean "Sorry for your loss Mister President".
I wonder if he didn't know her and lived with her for a few years as well.
One less illegal immigrant in the country soaking up the entitlement programs! RIP!!!!!!
Will Obama be attending her funeral? : )
And in Massachusetts...a cheer went up.
Guess she was on Obamacare waiting for a doctor
The wrong funeral is being paid by the tax payers!!!!
She shouldn't have been here to begin with...Obama needs to go back too
Tough Tinsel.....no big loss to society......no tears shed here.....
The illegal aunt.
My condolences, Mr. President.
good, take her back to KENYA ..... go back to Kenya
I'm hoping Obama will pay for funeral arrangements out of his own pocket.
Why is this even news, oh boo hoo presidents aunt dies. whoopy doo, someone elses aunt dies everyday and where is that in the news??? OH thats right, the public isn't that important.
One more illegal off the country's dole!
The body isn't cold yet and CNN makes a big deal. Obama will order the flags to half staff for her passing but not the fort hood victims due to the fact his cuts put lives at risk
My condolences go out to the Obama Family in their time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Rest in Peace.
Wow... one illegal alien down – 29,999,999 to go.
RIP Aunt Ziggy.
Hey Guess who WONT be at the funeral....
rest in peace.