Oprah Winfrey’s father dies at 89

Oprah Winfrey’s father dies at 89

American TV host and business mogul, Oprah Winfrey, has announced the passing of her father, Vernon Winfrey.


The billionaire took to her Instagram page on Saturday, and revealed that her father died on Friday at the age of 89.



His passing comes days after the family organised a party in his honour during the United States independence celebration on the 4th of July.



Oprah shared a video from the event where her father was being serenaded by gospel singer, Wintley Phipps.


“Less than a week ago we honoured my father in his own backyard,” she wrote in the caption. “My friend and gospel singer Wintley Phipps saluted him with a song. He felt the love until he could no longer speak.





“Yesterday, with family surrounding his bedside, I had the sacred honour of witnessing the man responsible for my life take his last breath. We could feel peace enter the room at his passing. That peace still abides. All is well, thank you for your prayers and good thoughts.”



Oprah had earlier lost mother, Vernita Lee who died at the age of 83 in 2018.



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Meanwhile, at least nine women were given a date-rape drug at an invite-only event attended by Chancellor Olaf Scholz and MPs, his Social Democratic Party (SPD) said Saturday.


“There’s quite a lot of emotion,” a spokesperson for the SPD’s parliamentary group told AFP; confirming a report in the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel.



Berlin police said officers were investigating allegations of serious bodily injuries after a 21-year-old woman filed a complaint following “a political party’s summer party”.




“I advise all those concerned to file a complaint,” SPD’s Katja Mast said on Twitter.


The spokesperson did not rule out further cases adding to the nine already declared, according to the party.



The SPD sent out an email to all those invited to the event on Wednesday night condemning a “monstrous act which we immediately declared to parliamentary police”.



About 1,000 people joined the chancellor and MPs at the SPD’s traditional summer bash ahead of the parliamentary recess.



“It was an internal event. You could only get in with an invitation,” said the spokesperson.

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