Oprah's Mom, Vernita Lee, Dead At 83

Oprah's Mom, Vernita Lee, Dead At 83

Other details about Lee's death, including the cause, are not clear. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

People confirmed that the media mogul's mother passed away at the age of 83 on Thanksgiving Day, at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lee's family told People Lee died at her home in Milwaukee, Wisc. A spokesperson for Winfrey told the publication her mother has already been laid to rest at a private funeral.

Lee gave birth to Oprah at the age of 14, shortly after meeting Winfrey's father. She left Oprah behind in MS when she moved to Milwaukee.

Lee later appeared on Winfrey's talk show in 1990, where her personal stylist gave her a makeover.

In addition to Winfrey, Lee leaves behind daughter Patricia Amada Faye Lee, whom she'd given up for adoption but later reconnected with.

She was predeceased by her son Jeffrey Lee and daughter Patricia Lee Lloyd.

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Fortunately, the relationship between Oprah and her mom was eventually repaired.

Due to a number of reasons, Vernita wasn't able to raise Oprah for the first six years of her life.

"I'm sorry for your loss", and "Praying for you and your family!" are just a couple of the digital notes that were addressed to Winfrey.

"I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me. What are you supposed to feel about your mother?" she said, according to TMZ.

It was while Winfrey was living with her mother that she was molested by her cousin and abused by her uncle. "To my mother, I say, 'You can let this shame go'".

Friends, family and local relatives are mourning the passing of Vernita Lee, the mother of Oprah Winfrey.

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