Vernon Winfrey, Oprah’s father, dies at 89

Vernon Winfrey, a Nashville, Tennessee barber, city councilman and father of talk show legend Oprah Winfrey, has died.

“Yesterday, with the family surrounding his bed, I had the sacred honor of witnessing the man in charge of my life take his last breath,” Oprah wrote on Saturday. post on instagram. “We could feel the World enter the room as it passes.”

Vernon Winfrey died Friday at the age of 89. according to Oprah Daly. Last week, Oprah publicly shared that her father had cancer. surprised him with the Fourth of July celebration, she renamed it “Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day”.

Vernon Winfrey was favorite barber for over 50 years in Nashville, where he owned his own barbershop. He also served on the city council for 16 years and was a trustee of the University of Tennessee. according to the Associated Press.

Oprah has long attributed success to her father. count The Washington Post in 1986 that if she had not been sent to live with him as a teenager, she would have “went in a different direction”, adding that she “might have made a good criminal” otherwise.

And last month, she honored her father in a Father’s Day video.

“So today, I salute my father, Vernon Winfrey, and all the fathers who have gone above and beyond to give you, me, us, the guidance and support they were capable of,” she said. for TODAY. “I know firsthand how the trajectory of life can change with the positive influence of a good father.”

She added, “If it wasn’t for him, I doubt anyone in the world would know my name.”