Vernita Lee, mother of Oprah Winfrey, is dead at 83

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

Winfrey previously released a statement about her mother on Twitter, along with a picture of the two.

Winfrey has yet to publicly speak on her mother's death, but members of the family confirmed that Lee died in her home in Milwaukee on Thanksgiving Day.

Lee had already been laid to rest in a private funeral, a spokesperson for Winfrey told media. No other details were provided. Lee gave birth to the future TV legend when she was just 14. She moved to Milwaukee at age 6 to live with her mother, whom she didn't know.

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Oprah and her mother had a strained relationship that the talk show megastar openly discussed her hard past with Lee.

'Memorial donations in Vernita's name may be made to Feeding America (feedingamerica.org)'.

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.

Lee is survived by Oprah and her other daughter, Patricia Amanda Faye Lee.

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Vernita Lee worked as a housekeeper for a good portion of her life.

"I suddenly land in a place that's completely foreign to me. I don't really even know my mother", she said.

It was while Winfrey was living with her mother that she was molested by her cousin and abused by her uncle. Vernita had a son, named Jeffrey, who died in 1989 from AIDS.

Oprah's niece made the announcement on Facebook, writing, "I lost my attractive grandma on Thanksgiving". "To my mother, I say, 'You can let this shame go'".

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