Barack Obama’s grandmother Madelyn Dunham passed away

My deepest condolence’s to the Barack family as they grieve the loss of their beloved grandmother. Barack Obama’s grandmother Madelyn Dunham, whose death was announced Monday on the eve of the U.S. presidential election, was the rock on which the Democrat built his life and his stunning political career.

Dunham, who died aged 86 in Obama’s native Hawaii, had been in fragile health, suffering from osteoporosis and cancer. Her health had further deteriorated after she recently broke her hip. My prayers and sympathy goes out to this family. This personal loss couldn’t have happen at a worst time; the day before the election. Barack Obama must continue his race to the White house to become the next President of the United States. His grandmother would have wanted him to continue on the campaign trail.

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Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Dunham died at home late last night in Hawaii, or roughly between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Eastern. Obama learned of the news a little after 8 a.m. in Florida, where his campaign held a morning rally.

The campaign released a statement from Obama and his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng this afternoon:

“It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.

“Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer.” Read Story

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