I am completely heartbroken as I report Queen Latifah‘s mother, Rita Owens, has died after battling a heart condition for over a decade.
Latifah released the following statement regarding her mother’s passing:
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.
I extend my deepest condolences and prayers to Queen Latifah and the Owens family during this difficult time.