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

    His aunt or UNCLE?

    April 9, 2014 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. Simiyu

    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.

    April 9, 2014 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  3. BPepik

    RIP dear Kenyan lady, relative of our great messiah Kenyan Muslim amazing ever sensing intelligent professor President Obongo..!

    April 9, 2014 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  4. bribarian

    Was she on Obamacare?

    April 9, 2014 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  5. Vicki

    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.

    April 9, 2014 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  6. josense

    good lord, that's barry in drag!


    April 9, 2014 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  7. Bill Davis

    She was here illegal, and his brother takes tax free donation from IS Citizens...

    Obama Land

    April 9, 2014 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  8. Just me

    Time for another vacation

    April 9, 2014 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  9. Stephen Underwood

    May she rest in peace. Our prayers are with your family.

    April 9, 2014 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  10. Gaza

    She was beautiful. We are all with you Obama.

    April 9, 2014 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  11. Fed Up

    My condolences.

    April 9, 2014 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  12. tnwoman

    Rest in peace, Ms. Onyango. This ugly, cruel, chaotic world cannot hurt nor exploit who you were anymore. My sympathies to your loved ones.

    April 9, 2014 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  13. Willllburrrr

    Thoughts and prayers going out to the President and his family. R.I.P. Zeituni Onyango

    April 9, 2014 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  14. John

    Was she from Kenya, like her nephew?

    April 9, 2014 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  15. ArrrB

    Is this the illegal alien who was on welfare?

    April 9, 2014 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  16. suzie669

    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.

    April 9, 2014 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  17. Moe

    WAAAAW no one cares if the president's aunt dies. What is the RIP comments .

    April 9, 2014 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  18. Uncle Obamma

    ""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.

    April 9, 2014 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  19. Jeffrey B

    Headline should have read "Illegal immigrant that was shown favoritism due to relations, dies".

    April 9, 2014 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  20. danny p

    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.

    April 9, 2014 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  21. BD70

    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.

    April 9, 2014 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  22. Brian Radke

    This is the aunt that was in the US illegally?

    April 9, 2014 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  23. FubarObama

    Another illegal immigrant milking the system

    April 9, 2014 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  24. Anonymous

    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?

    April 9, 2014 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  25. Marie MD

    Our sympathies Mr. President.

    April 9, 2014 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
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