Oprah Winfrey's father, Vernon Winfrey, died late Friday after a battle with cancer, Oprah said in a statement. He was 89.

Oprah said in an Instagram post that the 89-year-old died at home surrounded by family.

Oprah said in an statement that she had the sacred honour of witnessing the last breath of a man responsible for her life.

Oprah said in an Instagram tribute to her father. "When he died, we felt Peace enter the room."

Oprah was able to spend time with her father in Nashville during his final weeks.

Gospel singer Wintley Phipps saluted him with song.

Vernon was a well-known barber in his community and a Metro Nashville Council member for 16 years.

Vernita Lee, Oprah's mother, died in 2018 at the age of 83. Lee was born in Mississippi and had Winfrey when she was a young woman. Vernon and Lee never married.

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