The father of US television star Oprah Winfrey, Vernon Winfrey, has died at the age of 89.
The presenter confirmed the news in an Instagram post that her father passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday.
“Yesterday with his family surrounding his hospital bed, I had the sacred honor of watching the man responsible for my life take his last breath,” the media mogul wrote. “We could feel peace in the room when he passed away.”
Details of funeral plans were not immediately released.
Earlier this week, Winfrey surprised his father by hosting a surprise barbecue for him in Nashville on July 4.
The event, known as “Vernon Winfrey Gratitude Day,” included a barber chair to honor his long career as a barber and owned his own shop in Nashville for nearly 50 years.
Vernon served as a member of the Metro City Council of Nashville for 16 years and is a trustee to Tennessee State University.
Winfrey spent her childhood in her father’s hometown of Kosciusko, Mississippi, and in Milwaukee with her mother, Vernita Lee, who passed away in 2018.
However, she also lived with her father in Nashville, from the ages of seven to nine, and during her teenage years.
Winfrey told the Washington Post in 1986: “If I hadn’t been sent to my father (when I was 14), I would have gone in a different direction.
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“I was able to make a good criminal. I would use these same instincts in another way. “
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