Oprah Winfrey’s mother Vernita Lee dies aged 83

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Embargoed to 0001 Tuesday July 03 File photo dated 16/02/18 of Oprah Winfrey, who has said running to be president of the United States would "kill" her.

Oprah Winfrey’s mother Vernita Lee has died at the age of 83.

A Winfrey spokeswoman issued a statement saying Ms Lee died at her Milwaukee home on November 22 and private funeral services were held.

Ms Lee was a teenager when she gave birth to Winfrey in Mississippi in 1954.

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Oprah Winfrey attended the royal wedding earlier this year (Ian West/PA)

They moved to Milwaukee when Winfrey was six years old.

Ms Lee was featured getting a makeover on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1990.

She is also survived by another daughter, Patricia Amanda, and four grandchildren.

Ms Lee was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and by a daughter, Patricia.

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