Queen Latifah’s Mother Passed Away


Queen Latifah’s mother, Rita Owens, passed away.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” the actress announced in a statement to PEOPLE.

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“Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldly but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.”

Latifah explained, that her mother had been struggling with a heart condition for a long time.

“She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over. I am heartbroken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time. Much Love, Dana Owens (aka Queen Latif‎ah), forever Rita Owens’ daughter.”

Later the actress shared a touching video with photos of her mother on her Instagram page.

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Source: People