Obama's step-grandmother dies in Kenya

Obama's step-grandmother dies in Kenya

Former US President Barack Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Obama has died at a hospital in Kenya, her family has been quoted by local media.

Mrs Obama died early Monday at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital in Kisumu, west of the country, according to her daughter Marsat who is quoted by Daily Nation newspaper.

Her family is making arrangements to have her buried on Monday at a cemetery in the town, according to reports.

She was fondly referred to as Granny Sarah by the former president.

Mrs Obama defended her grandson during the US elections when he was said to be Muslim and not born in the US.

She was the third and youngest wife of the former president's grandfather.

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