Oprah Winfrey Breaks Silence on Mom Vernita Lee's Death

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"It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at Peace". File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

Vernita Lee, the 83-year-old mother of media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, is dead.

An official obituary explained that Vernita died at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and said a private funeral has already been held.

No other details were given.

Vernita Lee, who worked as a maid, was 18 and not married when Winfrey was born in rural MS in 1954. After her daughter attended Lincoln High School and Nicolet High School, Lee sent Winfrey to again live with her father in Tennessee.

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Oprah's relationship with her mother, as fans of her legendary talk show may know, has been strained throughout the years. Winfrey said on her show that she was stunned to learn about her sibling, Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, who also appeared on the show.

Memorial donations in Lee's name can be made to Feeding America.

Oprah said her relationship with her mother was always rough.

"I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me". Oprah wrote that, at the time, she didn't really "know" her mother. She has not been active on social media since.

Oprah replied, "To my mother, I say, 'You can let this shame go'". "'What is a mother?' 'What are you supposed to feel about your mother?'" she once asked. While she largely remained out of the public eye, Vernita opened up her famous daughter during an interview with a local news station in 2007. "I was asking the question. what is a mother?"

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