Oprah Winfrey Breaks Silence on Mom Vernita Lee's Death

Oprah Winfrey  Mother Vernita Lee passed away on Thanksgiving

Oprah has made no mention of the death on her social media handles.

The mother of media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Vernita Lee, died on Thanksgiving Day, 22 November, at the age of 83.

The 64-year-old has been open about the hard relationship she had with her mother when she was young. There's no question that Oprah has managed to secure a name for herself in the entertainment industry since she first began hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986.

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She is survived by her children Oprah and Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, grandchildren Alisha Kayes, Chrishaunda Lee Perez, Aquarius Lofton and Andre Brown, and great-grandchildren Jaxon Praise Perez, Chai Theresa Perez, Donovan Hayes and Trinity Hayes. The teen-who was secretly pregnant at the time-was then sent to live with her father.

After meeting Vernon Winfrey, Vernita welcomed her first child in rural MS at the age of 18.

She added: 'I lost my handsome grandma on Thanksgiving.

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The death was first revealed by Oprah's niece, Alisha Hayes, on Facebook, and confirmed by representatives for the star, reports Daily Mail. She reunited with Lee, where she lived in Wisconsin, when Winfrey was just 6 years old.

Vernita Lee, born in 1935 in segregated MS, met Vernon Winfrey, Oprah's father, and gave birth to the television personality in 1954. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and by a daughter, Patricia.

In an interview in 2007 with US TV station WTMJ Vernita said Winfrey always had something special. Lee gave birth to Oprah's younger half-sister, who died in 2003.

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