Oprah Winfrey’s father Vernon has died at age 88 after battling cancer … days after the media star threw a Fourth of July party in his honor
Oprah Winfrey’s father, Vernon Winfrey, died at the age of 88.
A hard-working businessman has been battling cancer and his daughter surprised him with a heartfelt surprise to celebrate his life on Independence Day.
The television personality’s father owned a barbershop and was a member of the Nashville city council during his lifetime.
Sad news: Oprah Winfrey’s father, Vernon Winfrey, has died at the age of 88 after battling cancer; Oprah pictured with Vernon in 2003
A 68-year-old man uploaded a post on his Instagram earlier Saturday with a heartfelt caption following the news of his death.
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 a song.’
“He felt love and enjoyed it until he could not speak. Yesterday, with my family at his bedside, I had the sacred honor of witnessing the man responsible for my life take his last breath,” she added, expressing that her father knew how much people loved and cherished him.
“We could feel Mir entering the room when he passed. This peace still endures. Everything is fine. Thank you for your prayers and kind thoughts,” the star said at the end.
Memorable moment: Gospel singer Wintley Phipps sang a song for Oprah’s father during the celebration
Guest of Honor: Vernon sat in a barber’s chair at the center of the party to honor his work as the owner of a successful barbershop in Nashville
Although the type of cancer Vernon was battling was not released, the business owner was able to be surrounded by friends and family over the holiday weekend.
Oprah, 68, planned a backyard barbecue in his honor and named the holiday Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day.
In a video uploaded to her Instagram page, the talk show host explained what the event was.
She stated that she was throwing the party “because my father is ill.” So we wanted all his friends to come and celebrate him while he can have joy.”
Special day: Due to her father’s illness, the media star celebrated the Fourth of July with a party in Vernon’s honor
Genuine surprise: The talk show host explained that her father Vernon thought the party was just a Fourth of July celebration and didn’t know the event was in his honor