Now Playing
HOT 99.5
Last Song Played
Duval's ONLY R&B
On Air
No Program
Now Playing
HOT 99.5
Last Song Played
Duval's ONLY R&B

Posted: March 22, 2018

Queen Latifah’s Mom Has Died

HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 04:  Rita Owens (R) mother of  Queen Latifah (L), speaks about her daughter as she is Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on January 4 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 04: Rita Owens (R) mother of Queen Latifah (L), speaks about her daughter as she is Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on January 4 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

By Julie Morgan

So sad!  Rita Owens has passed away.  

Dana Owens AKA Queen Latifah released a statement to People magazine:

“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.”

Andrew H. Walker
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Queen Latifah and Rita Owens attend Lifetime's "Steel Magnolias" Premiere Event on October 3, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Lifetime)

You’ve seen Owens by her rapper/actor daughter’s side many times including appearing as her on-screen mother in the show Living Single

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 04: (L-R) Rita Owens, mother of Queen Latifah, poses with her daughter after she was honored with a Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on January 4 2006 in Hollywood, California (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

A day before her passing Queen Latifah posted this video and message to Instagram asking for prayers for her speedy recovery.

Following her death Wednesday she posted this:

143

A post shared by Queen Latifah (@queenlatifah) on

Our thoughts are with the Owens family during this time of loss. 

Be sure to follow HOT 99.5 on Facebook and Instagram for the top stories and photos in entertainment.


There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

 
 

The Hot 99.5 Business on the Move

View this weeks Business on the Move here. Know of a business that deserves to be HOT 99.5's next Business on the Move?