Sad news for Oprah Winfrey this Thanksgiving, with news that her mother Bernita Lee has passed away. 

She was 83. 

Oprah was not with her mother at the time of her passing, spending the American holiday in California with a number of girls who attended a South African school that she opened in 2007. 

While the TV host has not publicly commented on her mother’s passing as yet, a family spokesperson confirmed the news to E!. 

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Lee has already been laid to rest in a private funeral. 

The family spokesperson also said that in lieu of gifts to the family, they request donations be made to Feeding America in her name. 


Oprah had been open about her at times tumultuous relationship with her mother.

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