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Vernon Winfrey, Oprah's Dad, Has Died

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Vernon Winfrey, the father of media mogul Oprah Winfrey, has died at the age of 89.

Oprah took to social media to announce her father had passed away less than a week after the entire family came together to have a "Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Celebration" on July 4.

"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," Oprah wrote on social media.


Vernon Winfrey was an army veteran, businessman and served on Nashville's Metro Council for 16 years. The city's mayor, John Cooper, also sent his condolences to the Winfrey clan.

"I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Vernon Winfrey," Cooper wrote on Twitter. "Vernon served on Metro Council for 16 years, and dedicated his life to entrepreneurship, barbering and mentoring young men in the community. An Army veteran and deacon, he leaves behind a legacy of service."

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