Michelle Obama shares heartfelt tribute following her mother's passing

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Michelle Obama's mother has passed away aged 86Win McNamee - Getty Images

Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Shields Robinson, has sadly passed away.

The news was first shared via a family statement shared with NBC News on 31 May. “She passed peacefully this morning, and right now, none of us are quite sure how exactly we’ll move on without her,” the statement read.

The news was later shared via the official social media channels of Michelle and Barack Obama where, in a collab post between the two accounts, Michelle wrote a touching note and provided a link to a full obituary written by the family.

"My mom Marian Robinson was my rock, always there for whatever I needed. She was the same steady backstop for our entire family, and we are heartbroken to share she passed away today," Michelle wrote.

The wider statement was written by Michelle and Barack Obama, Craig and Kelly Robinson (Michelle's brother and sister-in-law), and their children.

This heartfelt tribute reflects on Marian's life, her upbringing in Chicago and dedication to family and education, as well as the years she spent helping Michelle and Barack Obama raise their children during their time in the White House.

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"With a healthy nudge, she agreed to move to the White House with Michelle and Barack," the letter reads. "We needed her. The girls needed her. And she ended up being our rock through it all."

After posting on social media, the condolences poured in from across the Obama family's network.

This includes Alicia Keys ("Sending so much love!!"), Jennifer Lewis ("My sincere condolences to you and your family. ❤️"), Nicole Scherzinger ("❤️🙏🏽🕊️") and Vanessa Williams ("Deepest sympathies to you Michelle and the family"), who all shared touching comments on the announcement post.

Our thoughts are with the Obama and Robinson families and their loved ones during this difficult time.

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