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Barack Obama with mother Ann Dunham, stepfather Lolo Soetoro, and sister Maya (circa 1969)

Barack Obama with his mother Ann Dunham, stepfather Lolo Soetoro and sister Maya (circa 1969).

Barack Obama poses with his paternal Kenyan family.

Barack Obama poses with his paternal Kenyan family.

Barack Obama with his maternal grandparents Madelyn and Stanley Dunham in New York, where he was attending Columbia University in 1982.

Barack Obama with grandparents Madelyn and Stanley Dunham in New York, where he was attending Columbia University in 1982.

Barack and Michelle Obama with their mothers on their wedding day October 3, 1992

Barack and Michelle Obama with their mothers on their wedding day October 3, 1992

Michelle and Barack Obama on their wedding day October 3, 1992

Barack and Michelle Obama on their wedding day October 3, 1992

Barack and Michelle Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha.

Barack and Michelle Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha.

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One day before his historic election, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama’s maternal grandmother Madelyn Dunham, who helped raise Obama from the age of 10 , died of cancer at 85.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer,” Obama said in a joint statement with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. “She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility.”

Blindie’s deepest condolences go out to the Obamas.

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