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By Oluwatobi Opusunju

Hollywood actress and comedian, Queen Latifah has announced the passing away of her mum, Rita Owens after about 14 years of battle with heart conditions.

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Latifah announced her mother’s death in a heartfelt statement issued to media houses, describing her as a bright light when she was on earth and the love of her life.

She wrote, “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, worldly 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. 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.”

Rita Owens was 69 before her death.

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