Vernita Lee (1935 - 2018), Oprah Winfrey's mother

Video This image released by Harpo Inc. shows media mogul Oprah Winfrey right with her mother Vermita Lee.-Via AP

Our thoughts and prayers are with Oprah and her family during this hard time. Lee is survived by Winfrey and daughter Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, who she gave up for adoption at birth. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

Vernita Lee, Oprah Winfrey's mother, has died at the age of 83, according to multiple news sources.

"The family of Vernita Lee are saddened to share of her passing on November 22, 2018, at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin". No other details were provided.

Oprah had Lee on her talk show in 1990 where Oprah's personal stylist gave her a makeover. She described having to sleep on her mother's porch when she first arrived in Milwaukee because her mother's roommate took issue with Winfrey's skin complexion.

Meanwhile, Lee's son Jeffrey Lee passed away in 1989, while her third daughter, Patricia Lee Lloyd, died in 2003.

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

Oprah was one of her four children. But she subsequently moved to Milwaukee to become a maid, meaning the American icon was raised by her grandmother.

Fortunately, the relationship between Oprah and her mom was eventually repaired. I don't know anybody. "I loved her the way that she loves people now".

"I loved her the way that she loves people now", she said, adding that her proudest moment was in 1985 when Winfrey "did the Color Purple".

"I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me".

Winfrey recalled a favorite story about her mother during a 2003 visit to the city of Pewaukee. She died on Thanksgiving Day.

"I was asking the question".

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