Queen Latifah is in mourning tonight. Her beloved mother, Rita Owens has died. The rapper/singer/actress has been her mother’s caretaker for several years while she battled a heart condition. Born Dana Owens in New Jersey, she turned 48 on March 18th.
Latifah shared the news in a statement to People.com:
“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed 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 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,” 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.”