The 48 years old American rapper and singer shared the news of the demise of her mother in a statement claiming:
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today.
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,
Shortly after the announcement, Latifah posted a moving tribute to her late mother via Instagram.
Queen Latifah’s mother had struggled with a heart condition for several years, and her battle is now over. Latifah explained that she is heartbroken but knows that her mother is at peace.
Rita Owens was diagnosed with a heart failure back in 2004 and was able to manage the condition for so long owing to proper medication, healthy diet on salt and fats, and a chest defibrillator.