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.
“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.