As taken from The CNN Wire

CNN) — Barack Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died following a bout with cancer, Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, said Monday.

“She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility,” their statement said. “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.”

Obama and Soetoro-Ng asked that donations be made for the search for a cure for cancer in lieu of flowers. A small private ceremony will be held “at a later date.”

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All my respect goes to Madelyn Dunham, who helped forge something monumental in the heart and soul of her grandchild.  May she rest in peace knowing her life’s work was well done.  My condolences to the family.

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