“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” Queen Latifah told People in a statement. “Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldly 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,” 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.”
Rita was diagnosed with heart failure over a decade ago, when she was tested at the hospital after passing out at while teaching a high school class.
She was able to manage the condition with medication in addition to a defibrillator that was implanted in her chest, and she also had to change her diet.
On Instagram, Queen Latifah shared a video of her mom with the caption “143,” which means “I love you.”
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