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

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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. Ed

    I am so glad she is dead. She got special immigration status because her nephew is an illegal black African Kenyan wannabe-president/ faux-president. He is no president. I do NOT recognize him as president.

    April 8, 2014 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. Grandma in Kenya

    R.I.P. with that said Barack was born in Kenya.

    April 8, 2014 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Jimmyjam048

    RIP Ms Onyango. My prayers are with your family.

    April 8, 2014 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. Jubril

    My condolences Mr prez, All flags should be at half mast.

    meanwhile in other news I am the first to comment

    April 8, 2014 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. Marisol Villa


    April 8, 2014 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. Marvin the Martian

    That's the Democrat way of getting rid of an illegal alien – let them stay in this country and collect welfare until they die.

    April 8, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  7. Name Malcolm

    What did she know about MA370? Benghazi? Was she "Vince Fostered"???

    April 8, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. SSS

    Don't act like you don't know her Obama, because you a scared from what your white friends will say, or your political friends..acknowledge your family.

    April 8, 2014 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. frank ford

    who cares

    April 8, 2014 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  10. Name

    What changes are going to be made in Social Security ?

    April 8, 2014 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. Jerry

    Regardless of your politics, do what your mother told you (or should have). If you can't say something nice, say nothing at all. Condolences to the President that I disagree with on everything, for his loss.

    April 8, 2014 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  12. Pedro!

    RIP Zeituni! May the Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on your soul.

    April 8, 2014 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  13. colorserenity

    Aside from her relationship to Obama, I have to admire her for fighting for asylum after she was told to leave the country. She didn't back down, but continued to fight.

    April 8, 2014 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  14. ONLY WAY

    All will die one day.
    The real question we should be asking where are we going when we die, heaven or hell?
    If this lady had followed Jesus as her Lord and Savior, heaven is sure for her.

    April 8, 2014 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. Dave Lacks, USA

    "President’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, dies"
    Hmm, so much for Obamacare!

    April 8, 2014 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. Loathstheright

    And the "Hate Obama for any reason posters will obey the hive mind.".

    April 8, 2014 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  17. Spgfld Tom

    Out of curiousity, how did this woman support herself for the 8 years she was her illegally? Did she have a job? Was she a consultant to the Obama campaign? A government contractor? Was she a "community organizer"? Who paid her legal bills? So many unanswered questions.

    April 8, 2014 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  18. sam

    Watch the vile racists come out of their subterranean colonies.

    April 8, 2014 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  19. Lovemycountry

    This is a terrible day for our country. How horrible. Let's all people mourn for our beloved president and his aunt- Zeituni Onyango. "furaha wewe ni maiti"

    April 8, 2014 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  20. Juan Arzu

    May she rest in peace. May God be with her family during this time of grief.

    April 9, 2014 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  21. john smith

    RIP to the lady.

    Lulz to the 'CIC'

    April 9, 2014 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  22. reply

    2002 denied aslyum. Turned down twice on appeal and ordered to leave the country. 2010 (Obama president) in liberal MA she can stay! Duh! But RIP.

    April 9, 2014 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  23. Esteban cortes

    An illigal alien just like obama

    April 9, 2014 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  24. Doug J.

    Is it any wonder we're broke? This woman comes here illegally, lives in public housing, gets public assistance, and I'm just guessing she doesn't have health insurance. And we're stuck paying the bill.

    April 9, 2014 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  25. pattysboi

    And now the haters start in 3...2...1...

    Rest in peace, Mrs. Onyango.

    April 9, 2014 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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