Our hearts go out to Queen Latifah. Her mother passed away due to heart failure today, March 21. Here is everything we know about the heartbreaking tragedy.
48-year-old Queen Latifah is mourning the death of Rita Owens, her beloved mother.
Rita has lost the battle with a chronic heart condition she has been struggling with for a very long time.
Queen released an official statement about it saying: ‘It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens, passed away today. Anyone who has ever met her knows what a bright light she was while 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.’
We are sure it must be really difficult for the star.
A few days prior to Rita’s passing she took to social media to share a video in which she asked her many fans to pray for her mom’s health and recovery.
‘Words cannot express the gratitude that I feel for the love and well-wishes from friends and family and all of you out there who 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 mom’s speedy recovery! GOD CAN!’
Unfortunately, Rita still didn’t survive, but even though she is now gone, we are sure she will never be forgotten by her loved ones.
Queen Latifah has talked about her mom’s condition many times before in the past, trying to bring awareness to the illness.
In an American Heart Association Mother’s Day message she said: ‘I cannot imagine my life without my mom. My mom’s the strongest person I know, and she is committed to rising about heart failure.’
Rest in peace, Rita Owens!