Oprah Winfrey‘s father has died.
The daytime TV legend’s dad, Vernon Winfrey, had been battling most cancers lately, in keeping with studies. Now, in keeping with Oprah herself, he handed away whereas being surrounded by household. The person was 88 years outdated when he handed after his lengthy, impactful life on Friday evening in East Nashville, Tennessee.
On Saturday morning, the 68-year-old tv icon took to Instagram to verify her beloved father’s passing. In a touching submit, Oprah shared a video of a celebration the household had for Vernon throughout his life, on the Fourth of July final week.
Throughout the video, gospel singer Wintley Phipps could be seen performing and praying for Vernon, as Oprah wrote:
“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.”
Wow. What a robust second that will need to have been.
Oprah went on so as to add a ultimate, poignant observe on the finish of the submit, explaining that her household nonetheless feels “that peace” amid this difficult time:
“That Peace still abides. All is well. Thank you for your prayers and good thoughts”
Right here is the complete video and submit (beneath):
As Oprah herself defined in that submit from early Saturday morning, Vernon’s demise follows days after the household celebrated the person together with his personal “Appreciation Day” final week.
Within the unique IG submit in regards to the occasion from 4 days in the past, Oprah shared a video explaining the magnitude of that day honoring her beloved household patriarch:
“Giving my father his ‘flowers’ while he’s still well enough to smell them. Happy 4th of July as you gather with your family and friends. Remember to celebrate each other”
We love that angle.
Right here is that full video:
Throughout his life, Vernon was beloved by the neighborhood round Nashville. He owned and operated the Winfrey Barber & Magnificence Store for greater than 50 years within the Tennessee city. Residents, prospects, and staff all remembered him fondly all through, and after his passing this weekend.
We, too, ship all of our like to Oprah and the remainder of her prolonged household — and all those that knew and had been positively impacted by Vernon — within the aftermath of his unhappy passing. Really, a life well-lived.
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