According to People Magazine, in an exclusive statement, Latifah revealed that she just lost her mother to the illness that has been plaguing her for a decade or more.
Said Latifah, 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, worldly but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.
Rise Above Heart Failure: Queen Latifah’s Mother’s Day Message
Queen Latifah thanks her mom, Rita Owens, for her unconditional support this Mother’s Day. After Rita’s heart failure diagnosis, she inspired everyone around her. Take red steps toward a healthier heart – donate your red steps today at http://www.riseabovehf.org
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.
Words can’t to the express on the gratitude that I feel for the love and well wishes from friends family and all of you out there who just got love for the Queen! But just know in the words of my brother Tupac, You are appreciated! Also please continue to send prayers up to my moms speedy recovery! GOD CAN!!!
51.9k Likes, 8,113 Comments – Queen Latifah (@queenlatifah) on Instagram: “Words can’t to the express on the gratitude that I feel for the love and well wishes from friends…”
The Shadow League extends our deepest condolences to Queen Latifah, her family, friends, and fans at this difficult time.