Oprah is mourning the death of her dad, Vernon Winfrey, who has passed away after battling cancer.
One of Vernon’s longtime employees confirmed to TMZ that he died Friday night in East Nashville, TN. A local city councilman first broke the news.
In what now seems to be a prescient move, Oprah had just been in town last weekend to celebrate her father.
She surprised him by organizing a Vernon Winfrey appreciation day on July 4 … giving the community a chance to thank Vernon for his service as a former city councilman and longtime local businessman.
As Oprah put it, “My father is ill, so we wanted to be able to have all of his friends come and celebrate him while he’s able to receive the joy. So that’s what we’re doing.”
Vernon was seated, appropriately, in a barber chair in the middle of the backyard barbecue … as his friends and family celebrated him.