Patricia Lee Lloyd: What Happened To Oprah Winfrey’s Sister?

Patricia Lee Lloyd

Patricia Lee Lloyd is the late sister of Oprah Winfrey. Patricia’s sister Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, media proprietor, and philanthropist. She is dubbed the “Queen of All Media”. She was the richest African-American of the 20th century and was once the world’s only black billionaire.

Patricia Lee Lloyd: Bio Summary

NamePatricia Lee Lloyd
Date of birth 3 June 1959
Place of birth Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Died 19 February 2003 (aged 43)
Famous as sister of Oprah Winfrey
Spouse Kenny J. Lloyd, Sr.
Grandparents Hattie Mae Lee and Earlest Lee
ParentVernita Lee
Siblings Oprah Winfrey, Patricia Lofton, and Jeffrey Lee

Who Was Oprah Winfrey’s Sister, Patricia Lee Lloyd?

Patricia “Pat” Lee Lloyd was born on 3 June 1959, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA. Her mother Vernita Lee (1935–2018) was a housemaid but details of her father are not available. She was nurtured in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she lived with her mother, Vernita Lee. Patricia’s mother Vernita had an affair with Vernon Winfrey (1933–2022).

Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey never got married. Vernon was a coal miner turned barber turned city councilman who was in the Armed Forces. Patricia’s mother Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey gave birth to Patricia’s older half-sister Orpah Gail Winfrey also known as Oprah Winfrey on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States.

Patricia’s half-sister, Oprah Winfrey’s first name was spelled Orpah on her birth certificate but people mispronounced her name regularly, and “Oprah” stuck. Patricia’s mother Vernita gave birth to another daughter, Patricia Lofton who was put up for adoption. Vernita also gave birth to a son Jeffrey Lee.

Jeffrey died of AIDS in 1989 at age 29. Patricia’s maternal grandparents were Hattie Mae Presley Lee (April 15, 1900 – February 27, 1963) and Earlester “Earlest” Lee (16 June 1883 – 29 December 1959). There isn’t much information about Patricia Lee Lloyd’s childhood. What she went through as a child is unknown.

The high schools or colleges Patricia Lee Lloyd attended are unknown. It is difficult to tell if she was a school dropout or not. Nothing is known about the work Patricia did. Her sources of income are unknown. She had her own family. She was a wife and a mother. She married Kenny J. Lloyd, Sr. but details of their marriage aren’t available.

ALSO, READ: Jeffrey Lee: How Did Oprah Winfrey’s Brother Die?

Patricia Lee Lloyd was the mother of two daughters Alisha Hayes (Tydus) and Chrishaunda Hayes. Patricia had battled with drug addiction for years. Her sister Oprah Winfrey had reportedly taken her into rehab twice for drug addiction. Oprah paid for the rehab but Patricia never went, per a source. Patricia is in the spotlight because of her sister Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah Winfrey disclosed that she was molested during her childhood and early teenage years and became pregnant at 14. Oprah gave birth to a son who was born prematurely and died shortly after birth. Oprah revealed that she was “so ashamed, I hid the pregnancy until my swollen ankles and belly gave me away.”

“The baby died in the hospital weeks later,” Oprah wrote in February for an article on “firsts” in her magazine, O. “I went back to school and told no one. My fear was that if I were found out, I would be expelled,” she said. “Even when I found the courage to publicly reveal the [sexual] abuse, I still carried the shame and kept the pregnancy a secret.”

Oprah Winfrey once said while interviewing a teen who had become pregnant: “I was raped at 9 and sexually abused from the time I was 10 to 14. At 14 years old, I became pregnant.” Adding that she “was taken to the hospital, and the doctors said, ‘Are you pregnant?’ I didn’t even know what pregnancy was.”

“I’d been abused all this time, but I really wasn’t even sure that the outcome was you have a baby. So I confessed that I had been having sex with people who had been abusing me for years. The stress of that confession caused me to go into labor, and the baby died.”

ALSO, READ: Patricia Lofton: Inside The Life Of Oprah Winfrey’s Sister

Patricia Lee Lloyd sold the story of her sister Oprah Winfrey’s teen pregnancy to a tabloid for $19,000, according to the New York Post. Oprah calls it “her first betrayal.” Patricia Lee approached a national tabloid and according to Oprah, “sat in a room, told them the story of my hidden shame – and left their offices $19,000 richer.”

What Happened To Oprah Winfrey’s Sister?

Oprah Winfrey’s sister Patricia Lee Lloyd died at the age of 43, on the 19th of February 2003, in New Berlin, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA. According to sources, Patricia Lee was found dead in her New Berlin, Wisconsin apartment on February 19, 2003, by her husband Kenny Lloyd. Initially, the cause of her death was not clear however, the coroner later determined she died of an overdose of Oxycodone. She was buried at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA.

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