Oprah's mother Vernita Lee died on Thanksgiving day, but the news only became public yesterday. Today, Oprah has finally commented on the death in public. The billionaire shared a photo on Instagram of Vernita surrounded by family. Oprah used the opportunity to thank her fans, who have already been commenting all over her unrelated Instagram posts with messages of condolence:"Thank you all for your kind words and condolences regarding my mother Vernita Lee’s passing. It gives our family great comfort knowing she lived a good life and is now at Peace.🙏🏾✝️"

Lee said of her daughter that,“I loved her the way that she loves people now.” She also, while speaking about the loss she has experienced as a mother of four (two of whom have died), gave some advice that might stand her daughter in good stead in her own time of loss: “I’m a Christian lady, and if you’re a Christian person, it helps you to deal with situations like that.”Judging by the emojis at the end of her caption, she's already taken this into account.