Michelle Obama’s tragic personal news

Marian Robinson, the mother of former US first lady Michelle Obama, has died at the age of 86, her family announced.

In a statement, the Obamas said Robinson died “peacefully” Friday morning.

Ms. Robinson was a prominent presence in the White House during the Barack Obama administration from 2009 to 2017.

It is known that she spent a lot of time taking care of her granddaughters, Malia and Sasha.

In a statement posted on X, Mrs Obama said her mother was her ‘rock’ and was always there for whatever she needed.

“My mother, Marian Robinson … was an equally strong support for our entire family, and it is with a broken heart that she has passed away,” the statement read.

In another tweet, Mr Obama said her mother was one of a kind, and while the family was saddened by her loss, they were inspired by her extraordinary life and would “strive to honor her example”.

“There was and will be only one Marian Robinson,” he said.

“In our grief, we are uplifted by the extraordinary gift of her life, and we will strive to live up to her example for the rest of our lives.”

The statement also read: “Marian Lois Shields Robinson, our mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, had a knack for succinctly conveying life’s truths that made those around her stop and think”.

Born in 1937, Mrs Robinson was one of seven children in Chicago, where she spent most of her life before moving to Washington DC after Obama’s election victory.

In her early years, Ms. Robinson pursued a career as a teacher before working as a secretary and finally becoming a stay-at-home mom.

Together with her husband Frasier Robinson, she raised Michelle and their second child, Craig, on the South Side of Chicago.

The Robinsons worked tirelessly to send their children to top schools, with Mr Robinson continuing to work full-time despite his multiple sclerosis and the couple taking out secret loans to cover tuition.

“We just wanted our children to understand that a good education is their ticket to a better life, an opportunity to have more and be more,” Mrs. Robinson once said.

Both siblings, Craig and Michelle, graduated from Ivy League universities.

“Every step of the way, as our families have taken paths none of us could have predicted, she has been our refuge from the storm,” Obama said.

Ms Robinson moved into the White House after “sound persuasion” from Barack and Michelle Obama, who, along with their daughters, said they “need” her.

It was also common knowledge that a loving grandmother insisted on doing laundry there.

Ms. Robinson previously said in an interview with CBS that she felt compelled to move to Washington because she felt “like it was going to be a very difficult life” for her daughter and son-in-law.

“I was concerned for their safety,” she said.

“I was worried about my grandchildren. That’s what made me move to DC.”

The statement concluded by saying that Mrs. Robinson will be remembered as a loving, down-to-earth and tough-minded matriarch of the White House.

“I just wouldn’t be who I am without my mom.”

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