Rita Owens, the mother of rapper-actress Queen Latifah, is dead.
According to The Root, Owens died on Wednesday, after a 10-year battle with heart disease. And in the statement she shared with People magazine, the rapper described her mother as a ‘bright light’ and the love of her life.
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 said.
She continued, “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.”
In 2016, the rapper whose real name is Dana Owens filmed a PSA with her mother for the American Heart Association as part of the organization’s “Rise Above Heart Failure” campaign.