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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