Vernon Winfrey, Oprah’s father, died at the age of 88.

Oprah Winfrey said her father, Vernon Winfrey, died Friday night, just after local Nashville news stations reported his death. He was 88 years old at the time.

“Vernon Winfrey 1933-2022,” the media maven, 68, captioned a video of her dad from July 4th, revealing that their immediate family was aware that he was battling cancer.

“Less than a week ago we honored my father in his own backyard. My friend and gospel singer Wintley Phipps saluted him with song,” she continued. “He FELT the love and reveled in it until he could no longer speak.

The account also shared a post from “Lady O” two days prior describing the “Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Celebration” as a way to celebrate the barber and businessman, “while he was still well enough to fully take in the praise and gratitude of the people whose lives he touched.”

“Thank you for being the kind of father who has brought honor to your life and honor to my life,” Oprah said during the ceremony before her father’s passing.

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