OPRAH WINFREY’S MOTHER VERNITA LEE PASSES ON
Vernita Lee, the mother of media mogul Oprah Winfrey, has died at the age of 83.
People reports that Vernita passed on Thanksgiving at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Oprah’s spokesperson who confirmed the news shared that Vernita has already been laid to rest in a private burial.
Lee gave birth to Oprah as a teenager and left her with her own mother to raise as she sought work as a housekeeper. Oprah finally went to live with her mother when she was 6 in Milwaukee. It was while living with her mother that Oprah was raped by various family members and eventually gave birth to a son when she was 14. The child would die a week after he was born.
Lee and Oprah had a strained relationship over the years but later reconciled.