Oprah Winfrey's mum 'died on Thanksgiving'

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This image released by Harpo Inc. shows media mogul Oprah Winfrey, right, with her mother Vermita Lee. (George Burns/Harpo Inc. via AP

Vernita Lee, Oprah Winfrey's mother, has died at age 83, the family has confirmed .

Lee died on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, at home in Milwaukee and has already been laid to rest in a private funeral, the family said in a statement.

She is survived by daughters Winfrey and Patricia Amanda Faye Lee, the latter of whom she put up for adoption and later reconnected with, as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her two other children, son Jeffrey Lee, who died in 1989, and daughter Patricia Lee Lloyd, who died in 2003.

Vernita Lee, who worked as a maid, was 18 and unmarried when Winfrey was born in rural Mississippi in 1954.

Winfrey was reportedly raised by her grandmother until age 6, when she reunited with Lee and moved to Milwaukee.

No other details about Lee's passing were provided, and a spokeswoman for the Oprah Winfrey Network said the TV host would have no statement of her own at this time.

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