Vernita Lee, Oprah Winfrey’s mother, has died at age 83. Agents for Winfrey told Fox News that Lee died on Thanksgiving Day at her Wisconsin home.
“The household of Vernita Lee are saddened to share of her death on November 22, 2018, at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was 83 years old. Born May 2, 1935, she is survived by her daughters Oprah Winfrey and Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, grandchildren Alisha Hayes, Chrishaunda Lee Perez, Aquarius Lofton and Andre Brown and great grandchildren Jaxon Praise Perez, Chai Theresa Perez, Donovan Hayes and Trinity Hayes. Son Jeffrey Lee and daughter Patricia Lee Lloyd predeceased her. Private funeral services have been held. Memorial donations in Vernita’s name may be made to Feeding America,” her obituary reads.
A rep for Winfrey told us she has no further comment at this time.
According to TMZ, which reported the news, Oprah and she allegedly had a connection while Lee worked in Milwaukee, as the TV mogul was raised by her maternal grandmother until the age of six.
The connection was mended in 1990 when Oprah welcomed her mom onto her show for a stylist makeover.
Lee has already been laid to rest at a funeral service, according to a spokesperson.