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)
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.
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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.