Oprah Winfrey's Father Vernon Passes Away At 88 After Battling Cancer

The TV personality's father owned a barbershop and was a city councilman in Nashville during the course of his life.

Sadly, Vernon Winfrey, the father of Oprah Winfrey, has passed away at the age of 88. 

The entrepreneur had been battling cancer.

Over the Fourth of July vacation, Vernon's billionaire daughter, 68, gave him a passionate surprise party in his honour.

Less than a week ago, we honoured my father in his own backyard, Oprah wrote. 

Wintley Phipps, a gospel musician and friend of mine, sang a song in his honour.

I had the holy distinction of seeing the man who gave me life draw his last breath yesterday with family by his bedside," she continued.

While my father is still healthy enough to smell them, I'm giving him his "flowers." Happy Fourth of July as you celebrate with your loved ones.

Despite spending 36 years together, Oprah and Stedman Graham are unlikely to wed.