Oprah Winfrey Surprises Ailing 88-Year-Old Father on Appreciation Day: "Celebrate Him While He's Able"

Oprah Winfrey Surprises Ailing 88-Year-Old Father on Appreciation Day: "Celebrate Him While He's Able"

  • Celebrated TV show host Oprah Winfrey hosted friends and family to celebrate her 88-year-old father
  • Vernon Winfrey, who is ailing, was honoured by his daughter in a lavish backyard barbeque
  • Oprah, in a loving social media post, encouraged everyone to celebrate each other as she sent a message celebrating USA's Independence Day

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American talk show host Oprah Winfrey has thrown a surprise cherishing party for her father, Vernon Winfrey.

Vernon Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey threw a surprise appreciation party for her father, Vernon Winfrey. Photo: Adrianne Jaeckle, Getty, Oprah
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Backyard barbeque

The media personality, 68, celebrated United States of America's Independence Day by hosting a backyard party for her ailing dad. Oprah took to Instagram and stated that the real reason for the barbeque was to hold an appreciation day for him.

She captioned the post:

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"Giving my father his “flowers” while he’s still well enough to smell them. Happy 4th of July as you gather with your family and friends. Remember to celebrate each other."

See the Instagram post below:

The media mogul stated:

"My father is ill and so we wanted to be able to have all of his friends come and celebrate him while he's able to receive the joy," she said.

According to People, Oprah showed off a banner behind her in her 88-year-old father's honour. The Instagram post by Oprah attracted comments from her fans, and below are some of their reactions.

@goodnews_movement wrote:

"This is wonderful. Every good parent would be so honoured to have such a party."

@amandahaascooks wrote:

"What a beautiful idea to honour him while he is still here Oprah."

@vgracelily wrote:

"Your father was so nice when I first met him at Maya’s 70th birthday party on the ship. Glad you’re there for him."

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Michelle Obama celebrates Oprah

On Tuesday, May 24, Briefly News reported Former US president Barack Obama's wife, Michelle Obama, honoured television personality Oprah Winfrey in a moving post.

Michelle took to her Facebook, posting a lengthy and heartwarming message celebrating Oprah, saying she has a remarkable legacy. The former US first lady noted Oprah has been such a wonderful friend to Obama and her over the years.

She wrote:

"When Oprah connects with something, a person, a book, a song, an idea—she makes sure to shine her light on it. She validates it. She anoints it. People know that when Oprah is involved, there is no pretence, no fluff — whether it’s her work in arts and media or her philanthropic work on health care, food equity and more."

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