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Oprah's New Pain: 84-Year-Old Man Claims To Be Her Long-Lost Father!

Sat, April 17, 2010 10:32am EDT by Add first Comment
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Do you think Oprah owes anything to this man, who has been absent for the past 56 years of her life?

As if Oprah‘s life wasn’t complicated enough, an ailing farmer from Kosciusko, Miss., is now coming forward and claiming to be her biological father! Norh Robinson, 84, tells the New York Post that his dying wish is to speak to his alleged daughter one time, and to get her to take a paternity test to prove their relationship. “I told her [in a letter], if she wanted, I’d give her one,” Norh says.

Norh claims he has tried to reach out to Oprah, 56, before, and that he even sent her a letter that included a photo from his Navy days in World War II and his Social Security number. “I never got no answer,” he says. “I never did get no answer. If I did, it didn’t get to me.”

Though her biological father was never a part of her life, Oprah found a father figure in her mother Vernita Lee‘s boyfriend, Vernon Winfrey.

This can’t be easy for Oprah. BFFs, what do you think she should do? Does she owe this man his dying request for a paternity test, or should she just dismiss him as another crazy old man trying to get his hands on her fortune? The timing certainly seems convenient for him, considering the tell-all Oprah: A Biography just hit stores earlier this week. Regardless of whether or not this man is her real father, she was raised by Vernon and she considers him to be the most important man in her life. Where was Norh for the past 56 years?

Ironically, this news comes just days after Oprah announced that her upcoming TV network OWN will feature a reality series called Search, in which several people will embark on a journey to find loved ones they’ve lost.

Click here to see the New York Post‘s photo of Norh!

— Andy Swift