Oprah Winfrey’s mom dies at 83

Oprah Winfrey's mother Vernita Lee dies aged 83 on Thanksgiving Day

Our thoughts are with Oprah's family during this time.

This image released by Harpo Inc. shows media mogul Oprah Winfrey, right, with her mother Vermita Lee. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

Oprah Winfrey's mom, Vernita Lee, died Thursday at age 83. A family spokesperson said the funeral had already taken place and was strictly private.

No other details were given.

Lee had Winfrey when she was 18 years old in MS 1954.

Lee was featured getting a makeover on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1990.

'She was predeceased by son Jeffrey Lee (1960-1989) and daughter Patricia Lee Lloyd (1959-2003).

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

Oprah's father, Vernon Lee, reportedly only had one encounter with Lee before she gave birth to their daughter.

TMZ reports that Lee moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin when Winfrey was 3 years old and that Winfrey was raised by her maternal grandmother until she was 6, when she moved to Milwaukee to live with Lee.

"I'm a Christian lady, and if you're a Christian person, it helps you to deal with situations like that", she said of dealing with the deaths of her two children, People reported.

Oprah eventually went to live with her mother, and although it took a while for them to fix their tumultuous relationship, they became close over the last few years.

"A woman comes out and says to me and my mother, 'I'm sorry, Ms". I don't know anybody. She has not been active on social media since. "I was asking the question ... what is a mother?" Sources said that "even though she didn't have the best relationship with Vernita, her passing was really devastating for her".

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