(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.
I got excited and read that headline too fast
He will probably blame this on bush also.
Was she illegal too?
Rest in peace Auntie
Condolences To the Obamas
That is criminal! First, she comes illegally, is turned down and ordered to leave the country. Then, Obama buys her freedom and one top of that, she gets a green card in a matter of a couple of years while other wait 7-10 years. I imagine the taxpayers have foot the bill for her healthcare! Send Obama back to Kenya to bury her and keep him!
Hey, she was born in the same country as Obama. How ironic.
I heard she died while waiting to get one the ACA website.
Thoughts / Prayers with President Obama and Family. :)
send Wong the bill, she lived free on Massachusetts tax payers money... also took someone's low income housing from them too.
May this beautiful lady's soul rest in peace
I'm sorry for her passing but wasn't she supposed to be deported years ago when Obama "found out" she was here illegally?
I think we as American s need to look deeper into president Obama's birth records. And or look to impeach him for all the lies and decieving all of America.
God rest the lady's soul
who is this?
Age 61 is too young for a loved one to pass away. Cancer is such a bad disease. Wish her family closure and peace as she is now out of pain.
The gravity of love and intelligence in those eyes is another reason to admire humanity and the degree of compassion we embrace. God bless her.
I just LOVE karma.
And Tea Party racist loonies are happy.
Well, at least she is not an illegal alien anymore
Questions about her immigration status??????????
You mean she was an illegal
And now the anti-PRESIDENT Obama nutballs will start, in 3...2...1.
RIP, Mrs. Onyango.
What is there to sound off on CNN. You shoul set yourselves apart from tabloids. This was a private person. Let her soul rest in peace. Show some journalism cred here,
wow, the write-up makes it sound that nephew Barry-O was hands off on this one. Very nice. And this is news!
OMG, Michelle looks just like her!