Vernita Lee: Oprah Winfrey’s Mother Dies at Age 83

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Oprah Winfrey’s mother Vernita Lee has died aged 83.

Lee died in her Milwaukee, Wisconsin home, People reports, and has already been laid to rest in a private funeral, according to a spokesperson for Winfrey.

The death was first revealed by Oprah’s niece Alisha Hayes on Facebook, and confirmed by representatives for the star.

‘My grandmother, Rest In Peace,’ Alisha wrote, sharing pictures of the two together.

She added: ‘I lost my beautiful grandma on Thanksgiving. She was the number one supporter of Pat’s [Alisha’s restaurant] and was the person who named our restaurant. We will miss her and will carry on her legacy of good eatin! We love you Vernita Lee!’

Lee is survived by Winfrey, her daughter Patricia Lee along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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