Breaking: Oprah opens up about her mum’s tragic passing


Oprah Winfrey has announced the passing of her beloved mother Vernita Lee.

The talk show host confirmed the devastating news to Today, telling of her mum’s tragic death on Thanksgiving.

Photo credit: Twitter

She also shared a family photo on her Instagram page in remembrance of Vernita.

“Thank you all for your kind words and condolences regarding my mother Vernita Lee’s passing,” she wrote.

“It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at Peace.”

The photo features the whole family clan with Oprah’s smiling mum in the centre with a big smile.


A post shared by Oprah (@oprah) on

Vernita was born on May 2, 1935, and lived until the old age of 83.

Her and Oprah have always been close and they were glad she was able to reunite with the entire family before her passing.

Vernita gave birth to Oprah in Mississippi in 1954 and then moved her family to Milwaukee, where the TV star was raised.

The mum leaves behind her eldest Oprah and her daughter Patricia Amanda Faye.

She also has four grandchildren and a great grandchild, all of whom will miss her dearly.

The funeral has already been held and was open to close family only.

We send our condolences to Oprah and her family during this hard time.

Well hello there!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device in cookies to serve you personalized content and ads.

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.