LOS ANGELES – Oprah Winfrey finds support after the death of her mother in the thought that Vernita Lee had a good life. That let the TV icon Monday on a family photo that she shared on Instagram. Earlier in the day, the family confirmed that Vernita died last week at the age of 83.
"Thank you for all your kind words and condolences about the death of my mother Vernita", wrote Oprah on the photo, on which Vernita can be seen with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Oprah found out in 2010 that she has a younger half-sister, who had given up her mother for adoption just after her birth. Her other half-sister and half-brother have passed away.
Oprah has always been open about the bond with her mother, who has been struggling for a while. The presenter grew up alternately with her grandmother, father and mother. Later, Oprah and Vernita got a better relationship. In 2012, the program maker shared a picture of herself with Vernita on Mother's Day, in which she wrote: "A thank you to my mother Vernita Lee, who brought me up as well as she could."