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Vernon Winfrey, father of Oprah Winfrey, stands outside his barber shop in Nashville, Tenn., in 1987. Oprah Winfrey confirmed in an Instagram post that her father died Friday, July 8, 2022, at the age of 89. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

This story was updated at 3:03 p.m. with more information.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey's father, Vernon Winfrey, has died at the age of 89.

Oprah confirmed in an Instagram post that her father died in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday.

"Yesterday with family surrounding his bedside I had the sacred honor of witnessing the man responsible for my life, take his last breath," the media mogul wrote. "We could feel peace enter the room at his passing."

Details about funeral plans were not immediately released.

Earlier this week, Oprah surprised her father by throwing him a surprise barbeque in Nashville on the Fourth of July. The event was called "Vernon Winfrey Appreciation Day," which included a barber chair to honor his long career as a barber and owning his own shop in Nashville for nearly 50 years.

Vernon served as a member of Nashville's Metro City Council for 16 years and was a trustee for the Tennessee State University.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga DJ Keenan Daniels plays Oprah Winfrey event in Nashville)

Oprah spent her early childhood at her father's hometown of Kosciusko, Mississippi, and in Milwaukee with her mother, Vernita Lee, who died in 2018. However, she also lived with her father in Nashville, between the ages of 7 and 9 and during her teens.

"If I hadn't been sent to my father (when I was 14), I would have gone in another direction," Oprah told the Washington Post in 1986. "I could have made a good criminal. I would have used these same instincts differently."

Chattanooga area DJ Keenan Daniels served as the DJ for Winfrey's barbecue on the Fourth of July.

"I am saddened to hear of the loss of Mr. Vernon Winfrey," he said in a Saturday text message to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "It was my pleasure to be chosen to celebrate his life before his transition. Praying for strength, courage and peace for Ms. Winfrey and the entire Winfrey family during this time."

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