Oprah Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, dies aged 83

Oprah posts her sentiments to social media.

Oprah Winfrey’s mum, Vernita Lee, passed away on Thanksgiving, (22nd November) at the age of 83, in her Milwaukee home.

Lee was just 14 when she gave birth to Winfrey in Mississippi in 1954.

Soon after this, Lee moved north for work and Winfrey was sent to live with her maternal grandmother before returning to her mum's care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when she was 6 years old. 

Oprah shared her thanks to fans for their concern

'Thank you all for your kind words and condolences regarding my mother Vernita Lee’s passing. It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at Peace.🙏🏾✝️'

Inside Edition has this piece on Vernita Lee and the complicated relationship she had with her daughter Oprah. 


Source: Oprah/Instagram/InsideEdition/YouTube

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