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Queen Latifah’s mother, Rita Owens, has passed away after battling heart failure for more than a decade. Latifah revealed the news in a statement to People magazine, saying, “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 continued, “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.”

  • Late Wednesday night (March 21st), Latifah shared a video of a photograph of her mother, along with a caption that said, “143,” which means, “I love you.”