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Lee is survived by Winfrey and Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, her daughter who she placed for adoption and later reconnected with. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

Oprah Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, has sadly passed away at the age of 83, according to reports.

Her family said to People Magazine that she died in their home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was laid to rest during a private funeral. No other details were provided.

Their relationship healed over time and Lee was featured getting a makeover on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1990. She also had two other children - son Jeffrey Lee, who died in 1989 and daughter Patricia Lee Lloyd, who died in 2003. She is survived by her daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The family directed memorials to Feeding America in Lee's name.

Oprah had two half-siblings on her mother's side.

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Vernita Lee worked as a housekeeper for a good portion of her life. I don't know anybody.

Emotions remained raw for Oprah when she described her childhood during one of her last shows, telling her audience, "I was a lonely little girl".

It was while Winfrey was living with her mother that she was molested by her cousin and abused by her uncle.

'I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me. She died on Thanksgiving Day.

The mother of media mogul Oprah Winfrey has died at 83. "I made the decision to give her up because I was unable to totally take care of her". "I was asking the question ... what is a mother?"


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