Queen Latifah has announced the death of her mother to a long time heart condition she has been fighting.
Latifah’s mother, Rita Owens, [email protected] away on Wednesday after struggling with a heart condition for more than a decade, she announced in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.
“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news, my mother, Rita Owens [email protected] away today,” says Latifah. “Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but [email protected], worldly 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,” Latifah shares. “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.”