Oprah Winfrey’s Father Dies at Age 89


Vernon Winfrey, Vernon Winfrey’s son, has passed away after suffering from a bout of cancer. Oprah Winfrey confirmed the news. He was 89 years of age.

The tragedy was shared by the mogul via her Instagram account and Oprah Daily website. She said she was heading to Nashville, Tennessee for the Fourth of July weekend. He called it the “The” “Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Celebration.”

“Less than a week ago we honored my father in his own backyard. My friend and gospel singer Wintley Phipps saluted him with song. He FELT the love and reveled in it until he could no longer speak. Yesterday with family surrounding his bedside, I had the sacred honor of witnessing the man responsible for my life, take his last breath. We could feel Peace enter the room at his passing,”The Instagram mogul wrote the following:

Vernon served on Nashville’s city council.

Oprah added this message to her website in honor of her dad: “If it were not for him, I doubt that anybody in the world would know my name.” going on to share how important father figures can be. “She said, “I have seen firsthand the impact of a good father on how life can change.” 

Oprah’s mother, Vernita Lee, died in 2018.