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Obama's aunt who fought deportation has died

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) -- An aunt of President Barack Obama who was denied asylum in the U.S. but stayed illegally for years has died in Massachusetts.

Zeituni Onyango, who was 61, died Monday night in Boston, according to her immigration lawyer. She died in a rehab facility after a long battle with cancer. She was the stepsister of President Obama's late father.

In 2000, "Auntie" Zeituni, as she was called, moved to Boston in 2000 from Kenya, seeking political asylum. In 2004, her case was denied, and she continued living illegally in Boston public housing despite a deportation order.

She was granted asylum in 2010 by a judge who said she could be in danger if she returned to Kenya because of her relationship with Obama. She later obtained a green card, her lawyer said.

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