Queen Latifah has announced the death of her mother Rita Owens' death expressing sadness over her passing.
The versatile personality shared this sorrow news of her mom's death in a statement to E! News on Wednesday, 21 March 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 had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over. I am heart broken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time.
Rapper Queen Latifah Announces Her Mother Rita Owens' Death With Emotional Tribute
Latifah was last joined by Rita on the red carpet in 2016. Queen Latifah, whose real name is Dana Elaine Owens, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, actress, and producer.
As per the report, previously in 2004, Rita was diagnosed with heart failure. She was able to manage the condition because of proper medication, a chest defibrillator and healthy diet low in salt and fats.
Latifah also discussed her mother's health battle as recently as last September. She told the magazine,
I've just learned how much you can love a person and just how strong my mother is. I've come to respect her in ways you can't even imagine.
The Girls Trip actress also reflected on the importance of parents and family.
As a caregiver, it's just like being a parent, like some things really don't matter. All the kind of frivolous things sort of fall to the side because there's something way more important than all that. And when we go through these things together as a family, I realize, these are the important things, these are the important moments.
Rest In Peace Rita Owens!