Madelyn Dunham, Barack Obama’s grandmother, has died.
Dunham passed away peacefully at her home shortly before midnight Sunday night (5 a.m. ET), campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told CNN. She said Obama learned of her death around 8 a.m.
The Democratic presidential candidate left the campaign trail on October 23 and flew to Honolulu, Hawaii, to spend the day with Dunham, whose health deteriorated after she suffered a broken hip.
His wife, Michelle Obama, filled in for him at events in Columbus and Akron, Ohio, on October 24.
Obama said in an interview taped for that day’s “Good Morning America” that Dunham had been “inundated” with flowers and messages from strangers who read about her in Obama’s 1995 book, “Dreams From My Father.”
“Maybe she is getting a sense of long-deserved recognition toward the end of her life,” he said.
The candidate resumed his campaign on October 25.
Obama has spoken about his grandmother often on the stump, talking about what an integral figure she was in his youth and how she struggled against the glass ceiling in her career. He and his family traveled to Hawaii in August to visit her.
I hold her and her family in the Light.