Oprah Winfrey just revealed sad news about one of her family members. The media mogul, who rose to fame as the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, has always been vocal about her difficult family upbringing. She revealed to The Washington Post in 1986 that she often felt estranged from her mother, to whom she returned to live with her father for a short time. “I ran away from home. I started acting out my need for attention, my need to be loved,” she said. “My mother didn’t have time.” And while Winfrey later rekindled her relationship with her mother, Lee died in 2018 at the age of 83.
On the other hand, Winfrey recently honored her father’s legacy by throwing him an appreciation party. “Giving my dad his ‘flowers’ while he’s still well enough to smell them,” Winfrey wrote on Instagram. “Happy 4th of July gathering with your family and friends. Remember to celebrate each other.” Now, just days after the happy occasion, Winfrey has shared more tragic family news.
Oprah’s father, Vernon Winfrey, has died at the age of 88
Beloved TV journalist Oprah Winfrey has revealed her father Vernon Winfrey has died at the age of 88. Winfrey made the announcement by sharing a touching video showing gospel singer Wintley Phipps honoring Lee with a song during his recent barbecue. “Less than a week ago we honored my dad in his own backyard,” Oprah captioned the post. “Yesterday I had the sacred honor of sitting with the family around his bedside to see the man responsible for my life draw his last breath.”
In response to the news, celebrities and fans rushed to send their well wishes to Oprah. “Nice tribute to your father. I send you all the best [love]’ commented actress Reese Witherspoon. While one fan wrote, “As you said to me when my mother died, ‘Now you have an angel to call your name.’ Heartfelt condolences.”
Vernon’s official cause of death has yet to be announced; However, Oprah previously revealed that she threw her father a recognition party because he was “sick.”