We have learned that Queen Latifah's mother has died after a long and hard battle with a heart condition. According to TMZ, the news was revealed earlier today.
"It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today," said the legendary singer. "She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over."
In 2015, the rapper and actress shared with People that she would remain at home to help take care of her mother. And this is exactly what she did. When she wasn't working in California, Queen Latifah remained at home with her mother, taking care of her until her finals days.
Owens had reportedly been taking medications and was aided by a defibrillator implanted in her chest to prevent heart attacks. TMZ writes that she had maintained an incredibly healthy diet to live with the condition.
Latifah is absolutely devastated.
“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.”
People reports that in September, the actress opened up about her mother's years-long battle with cancer.
“I’ve just learned how much you can love a person and just how strong my mother is,” she shared of her mother during an interview with PEOPLE. “I’ve come to respect her in ways you can’t even imagine.”
“I watched her come through so many things, ups and downs, hospitalizations – I mean really being in the ICU for that matter – you know, going through tough times and watching her come back and bounce back and still maintain this sense of humor, and love and drive and will,” Latifah said of Owens, according to People. “I just love her so much more, I respect her so much more. She really just gives me hope for life and the world.”
Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently throughout the body.
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