Queen Latifah Loses Mom After Decade-Long Struggle With Heart Condition

Sad news. Queen Latifah has lost her mom Rita Owens. Her mom died Wednesday after struggling with a heart condition for more than 10 years.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Queen Latifah said:

“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.”

Queen posted a picture of her mom Wednesday night on Instagram to pay tribute to her late mom.

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We send our deepest condolences to the Owens family during this difficult time. May she rest in peace…

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