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Vernon Winfrey, Oprah’s father, dies surrounded by family at 88

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Oprah Winfrey’s father, Vernon Winfrey, has died at age 88.

Oprah confirmed in an Instagram post that her father died in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday.

“Yesterday with family around his bedside I had the sacred honor of watching the man responsible for my life take his last breath,” the media mogul wrote. “We could feel the peace come into the room when he died.”

Details about funeral plans were not immediately released.

Earlier this week, Oprah surprised her father by throwing him a surprise barbecue in Nashville on the Fourth of July. The event was called “Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day,” which included a barber chair to honor his long career as a barber and owning his own shop in Nashville for nearly 50 years.

Vernon served as a Metro Nashville City Council member for 16 years and was a trustee of Tennessee State University.

Oprah spent her early childhood in her father’s hometown of Kosciusko, Mississippi, and in Milwaukee with her mother, Vernita Lee, who died in 2018. However, she also lived with her father in Nashville between the ages of 7 and 9. years and during the teens.

“If I hadn’t been sent to my father (when I was 14), I would have gone in a different direction,” Oprah told the Washington Post in 1986. “I could have made a good criminal. I would have used the same instincts different”.

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