World-famous TV personality, talk show host, and billionaire Oprah Winfrey just lost her dad, Vernon Winfrey.
Oprah took to her social media page to share the sad news of her dad’s passing. This was accompanied by a long heartfelt tribute and a video of him surrounded by his loved ones.
Read on to learn more about her dad and her touching tribute.
Vernon Winfrey Passed Away Aged 88
Oprah posted the news of her father, Vernon’s passing along with a beautiful, heartwarming tribute detailing the final moments she shared with him this past week.
She 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.”
In the video clip shared by her, Vernon could be seen receiving prayers while sitting on a chair with gospel singer, Wintley Phipps, laying his hands on him and praying for him. The late Vernon indeed looked happy and joyous at that moment.
Oprah Had The ‘Sacred Honour’
The actress and author also wrote about how she had the “sacred honor” to have witnessed the person responsible for giving her life “take his last breath,” adding that he was surrounded by family.
“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.”
Oprah made sure to end her sweet tribute by thanking her fans and well-wishers for their “prayers” and “good thoughts.” She wrote, “That Peace still abides. All is well. Thank you for your prayers and good thoughts,” adding a hand prayer emoji.
Celebrities And Fans Shared Their Condolences With Oprah
As soon as the philanthropist shared news of her father’s passing, fans trooped to her comment section to show their love and support for her, especially in the moment of her profound loss.
American supermodel Lily Aldridge wrote, “Im sorry for your loss Sending love and prayers to you and your family.”
“Sending you love and light! May he fly high with the angels!” top businesswoman Patti Stanger added.
“Orange Is The New Black” star Uzo Aduba also made sure to leave a couple of red heart emojis in her comment section to indicate her love and support of the philanthropist.
A fan referenced Vernon’s goodness by writing, “He was a jewel to our community @oprah. We [sic] will be missed but always remembered.”
Another fan talked about Oprah’s previous post about her dad, where she celebrated the fourth of July and what she called “Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day.”
They wrote, “I saw the post less than a week ago and watched, aware of how powerful what I saw was. And now, now that Mr. Winfrey has gone home, I understand why you experienced and embraced the peace you have. Bless you on your continuing journey; yet another will now be looking out for you where spirits reside. In this, there is power and hope. I know you already know that.”
Oprah Celebrated ‘Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day’
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Just a few days ago, before his passing, on the fourth of July, Oprah celebrated her father by organizing a huge party and barbecue in his honor. She named it “Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day.”
The star had several large tables draped with white cloth and huge canopies set out for Vernon’s friends and guests to celebrate with him.
According to a video shared by Oprah, they had “been planning a backyard barbecue that’s actually more than a barbecue” for him, and there was plenty of food readily available for all who attended the “Vernon Appreciation Day.”
The menu included hearty meals ranging from fried chicken, turkey, and burgers prepared in large numbers to feed all their guests.
Vernon had no idea the celebration was in his honor and was joyfully surprised to find out what his doting daughter had prepared for him.
As per her website, oprahdaily.com, Oprah showed her gratitude for her dad, saying, “Thank you for being the kind of father who has brought honor to your life and honor to my life.”
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