zeituni onyango

*(Via HuffPost) – Zeituni Onyango (pictured), the aunt of President Barack Obama who fought deportation after it was revealed she was undocumented, has died, according to the Boston Herald, CBS Boston and WCVB.

Margaret Wong, Onyango’s immigration lawyer, said the 61-year-old passed away at a rehabilitation hospital after a battle with cancer and respiratory ailments. She had been ill since January, according to CBS Boston.

“She’s been ill for quite some time. She didn’t like people to know, because she is so strong,” Wong said, according to the Herald. “I don’t think she accepted she was dying. She just kept thinking she needs to go on.”

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