NEW YORK : US President Barack Obama’s Kenyan aunt, who won asylum in the United States after fighting possible deportation, has died, her lawyer said late Tuesday. She was 61. Zeituni Onyango died in her sleep in the US city of Boston on Monday night, after falling ill in January, Margaret Wong said. “The United States Kenyan community mourns the loss of Zeituni Onyango, known to her friends as ‘Auntie,’ and half-aunt of President Barack Obama,” Wong said in a statement.
Onyango was granted asylum in May 2010 after going to court to fight a 2004 deportation order, testifying that she faced “tribal violence” in her homeland.
Wong said Onyango had later obtained a green card, or permanent residency in the United States.