(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.
His aunt or UNCLE?
Sad.Many professionals,having no social security in Kenya even after retiring,are forced to stow away into other "better" countries in order to have a better retirement or healthcare.
RIP dear Kenyan lady, relative of our great messiah Kenyan Muslim amazing ever sensing intelligent professor President Obongo..!
Was she on Obamacare?
Sorry that this fine relative of President Obama has died of cancer. Cancer is a terrible disease that strikes so many people. I am glad that she was able to spend her years in America and not Kenya.
good lord, that's barry in drag!
She was here illegal, and his brother takes tax free donation from IS Citizens...
Time for another vacation
May she rest in peace. Our prayers are with your family.
She was beautiful. We are all with you Obama.
Rest in peace, Ms. Onyango. This ugly, cruel, chaotic world cannot hurt nor exploit who you were anymore. My sympathies to your loved ones.
Thoughts and prayers going out to the President and his family. R.I.P. Zeituni Onyango
Was she from Kenya, like her nephew?
Is this the illegal alien who was on welfare?
God bless your soul. You can rest in peace and be proud of your nephew. He actually turns out to be a good boy! I love him.
WAAAAW no one cares if the president's aunt dies. What is the RIP comments .
""and in 2010 she won her asylum case with the Immigration Court in Boston. Wong later helped her obtain her green card.""
- Of COURSE she would get this with Obummer.
Headline should have read "Illegal immigrant that was shown favoritism due to relations, dies".
Frank Marshall Davis is his biological father, which is why Barack Obama has not much care nor association with relatives on his "father's" side. At the time, it was a relationship of convenience for both his mom and a young Kenyan. When he realized who his real father was, Barack Obama, and probably rightly so, lost the reasoning for holding associations with his Kenyan relatives. They're not really his relatives. His Kenyan "father" didn't hold the association with Barack either, since he wasn't really his son, which explains why he turned his back on him. It wasn't real.
My sympathies to the president and first lady. Since comments aren't posted yet I can only speculate on the mean comments being written. No kindness from certain people for this president even with a death in the family.
This is the aunt that was in the US illegally?
Another illegal immigrant milking the system
may she rest in peace. The US taxpayer's provided her money, food, lodging, and a lawyer. I wonder if we ill pick up the cost of her burial?
Our sympathies Mr. President.