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Obama's Grandmother Passes Away

11/3/2008 8:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Madelyn Dunham, Barack Obama's grandmother, has passed away after a bout with cancer.

Obama suspended his campaign on October 23 to fly to Honolulu, Hawaii and visit her. Madelyn was 86.

Barack Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, issued the following statement ...

"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."
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erica    

God bless her soul. I'M SURE SHE'S VERY PROUD OF HER GRANDSON. She will be looking down on him as he becomes PRESIDENT!!!!!

2079 days ago
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notabunny    

sorry for your loss Obama, she would have been proud to be with you tomorrow!

2079 days ago
3.

Melody    

Bring on the sympathy votes!! I wonder if she voted early???

2079 days ago
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E    

So sad...a real shame she could not have made it another day

2079 days ago
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Audrina HOT    

OBAMA 08

RIP Madeyn

2079 days ago
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woud    

TMZ trying to get the sympathy vote for their preferred candidate tomorrow, lol

2079 days ago
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StarrStruck    

Who gives a rat's ass ??

2079 days ago
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Hayley_B    

Is that Nobamas grandpa to the left with a sock in his pants? Wow!

2079 days ago
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just some facts to get in the way    


Hey TMZ I thought she had fallen and broke her hip?? His mother died of cancer did they both have cancer?

2079 days ago
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Jenny    

Im sorry for Obama's loss..... She will be looking down as you become pres..

PS.... Did u see grandpa's bulge... lol.. Sorry couldnt help it!

2079 days ago
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yadaYadayada    

killa....bro and obaminator, you're both stupid f***s.

2079 days ago
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TJ    

Sad news. No one likes to loose an family member. But TMZ, you being liberals, probably shouldn't of posted this picture. Because now he is gonna loose a lot of votes because people will realise he is only HALF black. If this man was light skinned, he would of never been running, period. Since he is black though, he automatically gets the african american vote, because they want "equality". Equality is great. But only when you are actually equal. Obama was not the right candidate for this election, and sadly will take it because of his skin colour, not because of his supposed "credentials"

2079 days ago
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Elizabeth    

So sorry for Obama's loss. She will be looking over him while he becomes president. RIP Madeyn.

OBAMA '08!

2079 days ago
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greenbird    

TJ...I'm black, and I find your comment to be quite ignorant and, frankly, insulting...it seems you're under the impression that we can't research our candidate(whoever that may be) and vote based on ISSUES.

MCCAIN 08!

2079 days ago
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WHAT?    

Was she illegal too?

Just say'n

2079 days ago
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