President’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, dies
April 8th, 2014
05:59 PM ET
9 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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soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. Brian Berry

    RIP ....sad day for the family

    April 8, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. unknown

    Who cares?? Really??? People die everyday, why does this make CNN?

    April 8, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. Dark Poet

    RIP:

    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".

    April 8, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. Guest

    I wonder if he didn't know her and lived with her for a few years as well.

    April 8, 2014 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Lou45

    One less illegal immigrant in the country soaking up the entitlement programs! RIP!!!!!!

    April 8, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. bert f.

    Will Obama be attending her funeral? : )

    April 8, 2014 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. Whitey

    And in Massachusetts...a cheer went up.

    April 8, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. robert

    Guess she was on Obamacare waiting for a doctor

    April 8, 2014 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. belle222

    The wrong funeral is being paid by the tax payers!!!!

    April 8, 2014 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    She shouldn't have been here to begin with...Obama needs to go back too

    April 8, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Terrageezer

    Tough Tinsel.....no big loss to society......no tears shed here.....

    April 8, 2014 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. Just

    The illegal aunt.

    April 8, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. A DeVille

    My condolences, Mr. President.

    April 8, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. ANONY

    good, take her back to KENYA ..... go back to Kenya

    April 8, 2014 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. Luke

    I'm hoping Obama will pay for funeral arrangements out of his own pocket.

    April 8, 2014 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. MR

    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.

    April 8, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Just_realistic

    One more illegal off the country's dole!

    April 8, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. jesse

    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

    April 8, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Name

    My condolences go out to the Obama Family in their time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    April 8, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. Waileka Paka

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    April 8, 2014 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. Roberto

    Rest in Peace.

    April 8, 2014 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  22. BostonFred

    Wow... one illegal alien down – 29,999,999 to go.

    April 8, 2014 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. Hey Hey

    RIP Aunt Ziggy.

    April 8, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. billmelater1

    Hey Guess who WONT be at the funeral....

    April 8, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. quidestveritas

    rest in peace.

    April 8, 2014 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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