Thursday, 22 March 2018

Queen Latifah's mother dies after long battle with heart condition

Queen Latifah has announced that her mother died on Wednesday after a long battle with a heart condition.

The 48-year-old actress - real name Dana Elaine Owens - released a statement about mom Rita Owens' passing to People on Thursday.

She said:  '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.'

The singer and actress went on to reveal that her mother had been battling a health ailment for an extended period.

Latifah said:  '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.'

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