OPRAH WINFREY’S mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83.
Oprah Winfrey’s mother died last Thursday on Thanksgiving Day at her home in Wisconsin, United States, a spokesperson has confirmed to Express.co.uk.
A spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “The family of Vernita Lee are saddened to share of her passing 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.
“She was predeceased by son Jeffrey Lee (1960-1989) and daughter Patricia Lee Lloyd (1959-2003).
They added: “Memorial donations in Vernita’s name may be made to Feeding America (feedingamerica.org).”
Oprah’s niece, Alisha Hayes, spoke out about the death of Vernita on Facebook, reports Mail Online.
She posted: “My grandmother, Rest In Peace,” alongside two images of them together.
Alisha wrote: “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.