On Saturday, the famous presenter Oprah Winfrey took to social media and announced the death of her father Vernon Winfrey. The latter died this Friday at the age of 88, a week after his family celebrated his life with a party. On July 4, Oprah posted a video in which she surprised her father with a gathering in his backyard.

At this time, the cause of Vernon’s death is still unknown, although it is clear that he had been ill for some time. In her announcement on Instagram, Oprah uploaded a video of her father from the surprise meeting as he listens to a melodic performance by Wintley Phipps. Attached to Vernon’s video, oprah wrote, “Less than a week ago we honored my father in his own backyard. My friend and gospel singer Wintley Phipps greeted him with a song. He FEELED the love and enjoyed it until he could speak no more.”

She continued: “Yesterday, with family at his bedside, I had the sacred honor of watching the man responsible for my life take his last breath.” Oprah added: “We felt the peace enter the room at his passing. That peace is still there. All is well. Thank you for your prayers and good thoughts.” For those inexperienced, Vernon was a hairdresser and businessman from Nashville. He was the owner of Winfrey Barber & Beauty Shop for over 50 years. After losing her mother Vernita Lee in 2018 at the age of 83, oprah has now lost her father four years later.

Rest in peace Vernon Winfrey.

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