Queen Latifah’s mom Rita Owens has passed away

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Queen Latifah who recently celebrated her 38th has lost her mother Rita Owens. Rita Owens passed away last night after having struggled with a heart condition for many years.

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According to an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Queen Latifah announced the death of her mother as follows,“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today. Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldy but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.

“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.”

She also took to social media to share a special ‘I love you’ message to her mom.


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Our heartfelt condolences go out to Queen Latifah, her family and friends to Rita Owens. May her precious soul rest in peace.