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Oprah’s 83-Year-Old Mother Passes Away On Thanksgiving Day

Oprah Winfrey’s Mother Passes Away At The Age Of 83 In Her Milwaukee Home

By: Eboni Walker

Oprah Winfrey’s 83-year-old mother, Vernita Lee, passed away at her Milwaukee home on Thanksgiving day.

Winfrey’s niece made the announcement on Monday via social media. The family confirmed the news on the same day.

According to some media outlets, a private homegoing service has already taken place.

The cause of her death is currently unknown.

Oprah Winfrey’s mother passed away during the Thanksgiving holiday. Not many details of her death have been released. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images)

In 1954, at the tender age of 18, Lee gave birth to her first child — naming her Orpah.

But at a young age, she became known as Oprah because many people mispronounced her name.

As a little girl, Winfrey was being raised by her maternal grandmother until the age of 6.