President’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, dies
April 8th, 2014
05:59 PM ET
8 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. Branden

    I got excited and read that headline too fast

    April 8, 2014 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Pete

    He will probably blame this on bush also.

    April 8, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Ted T

    Was she illegal too?

    April 8, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. alana c

    Rest in peace Auntie

    April 8, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. James

    Condolences To the Obamas

    April 8, 2014 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. fhc1983reunion

    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!

    April 8, 2014 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. i.conserve

    Hey, she was born in the same country as Obama. How ironic.

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

    I heard she died while waiting to get one the ACA website.

    April 8, 2014 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Guest

    Thoughts / Prayers with President Obama and Family. :)

    April 8, 2014 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. the law

    send Wong the bill, she lived free on Massachusetts tax payers money... also took someone's low income housing from them too.

    April 8, 2014 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. knijjar

    May this beautiful lady's soul rest in peace

    April 8, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. miguel

    I'm sorry for her passing but wasn't she supposed to be deported years ago when Obama "found out" she was here illegally?

    April 8, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Doris Donaldson

    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.

    April 8, 2014 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. knijjar

    God rest the lady's soul

    April 8, 2014 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    who is this?

    April 8, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Steve

    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.

    April 8, 2014 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. James M

    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.

    April 8, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. Mike

    I just LOVE karma.

    April 8, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. HEEHAW

    And Tea Party racist loonies are happy.

    April 8, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. Ipploit

    Well, at least she is not an illegal alien anymore

    April 8, 2014 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  21. TheReckoning

    Questions about her immigration status??????????

    You mean she was an illegal

    April 8, 2014 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  22. pattysboi

    And now the anti-PRESIDENT Obama nutballs will start, in 3...2...1.

    RIP, Mrs. Onyango.

    April 8, 2014 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Alexis

    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,

    April 8, 2014 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  24. charliesix

    wow, the write-up makes it sound that nephew Barry-O was hands off on this one. Very nice. And this is news!

    April 8, 2014 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  25. Watch it!!

    OMG, Michelle looks just like her!

    April 8, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
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