Oprah Winfrey’s mother Vernita Lee passes away at age 83

A funeral service has already been held for Lee, who reportedly died on Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2018

Oprah Winfrey's mother Vernita Lee has died at age 83, PEOPLE and TMZ report. Lee reportedly passed away in her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thanksgiving, and according to THR, a spokeswoman for Oprah says that a funeral service has already been held for Lee.

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After being raised by her grandmother, Oprah didn't meet Lee until she was six years old; they then moved to Milwaukee. The two reportedly had a complicated relationship, which was fixed over the years. Lee was also featured getting a makeover on a 1990 episode of Oprah's talk show. Oprah has yet to speak publicly on the news.

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Oprah Winfrey’s mother Vernita Lee passes away at age 83