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Queen Latifah Mourns Death of Mom Rita Owens: 'I Am Heartbroken'

Queen Latifah Mourns Death of Mom Rita Owens: 'I Am Heartbroken'

Queen Latifah has announced her mom Rita Owens has sadly passed away after suffering from a heart condition for over a decade.

The 48-year-old Girls Trip actress shared a statement with People mag announcing the news, saying that she is “heartbroken.”

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” Queen Latifah shares. “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.”

Back in 2015, Queen Latifah and Rita opened up about her battle with heart failure – a chronic, progressive condition when the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently through the body – and revealed with proper medication, a defibrillator implanted in her chest, Rita could live with the condition.

“She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over,” Queen Latifah continues. “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.”

Our thoughts are with Queen Latifah at this time.

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