Popular American actress and rapper, queen Latifah has announced the passing away of her mother Rita Owens.

Rita Owens died after a very long battle with a heart condition …

Queen Latifah revealed the sad news on Wednesday, saying … “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today … She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over. Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was 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.”

Owens had reportedly been taking meds and was aided by a defibrillator implanted in her chest to avert a heart attack. She also had to maintain a very healthy diet to live with the condition.

Queen Latifah had to stay with her for a period before her death. May Rita Owen’s soul rest in peace.

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