Mon 3 Nov, 2008
Tags: Barack Obama
Barack Obama issued a statement a few minutes ago, saying that his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died.
In the statement, issued jointly with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, Senator Obama says that their grandmother died peacefully after her battle with cancer.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Mrs. Dunham passed away early this morning, at the age of 86. She was widely reported to have been following the presidential campaign closely on television from her apartment in Hawaii, where she was receiving hospice care.
While this must be a difficult time for Senator Obama to have received such news, Mrs. Dunham no doubt passed away with full knowledge that her grandson is expected to be elected the next president of the United States.
Update: At a campaign rally in North Carolina this evening, literally on the eve of the presidential election, Barack Obama is wiping away tears as he tells the crowd about his grandmother and relates her story to the aspirations of millions of Americans.