Oprah Winfrey’s mum dies at 83

Vernita Lee the mother of Oprah Winfrey has died aged 83

Oprah Winfrey has thanked fans for their "kind words" after her mother, Vernita Lee, died at the age of 83.

Actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "A Wrinkle In Time" in London. "It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at Peace".

No other details were given. She reunited with Lee, where she lived in Wisconsin, when Winfrey was just 6 years old.

Oprah Winfrey's mother has died.

She put another daughter, Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, up for adoption during the early 1960s.

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Lee's son, Jeffrey Lee, died in 1989, and her other daughter, Patricia Lee Lloyd, passed away in 2003. She moved to Milaukee to work as a housemaid, leaving the future Queen of Media to be cared for by her grandmother.

According to Oprah's niece, Alisha Hayes, Vernita died at her Milwaukee home, where she moved to after Oprah was born. A representative for Oprah, 64, said the talk show host would not be releasing a separate statement at this time.

Private funeral services were held. "Memorial donations in Vernita's name may be made to Feeding America", an obituary reads, Fox News reported. "I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned".

On a 2013 visit to Pewaukee, Oprah discussed some aspects of her childhood and revealed that her mother was the one who taught her the importance of giving as a way to "enlarge the spirit of somebody else". Speaking at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's annual Freedom Fund dinner, she said her best Christmas ever was in Milwaukee when she was 12.

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