Queen Latifah’s mother Rita Owens dies from heart condition

Long live the queen.

Queen Latifah revealed Wednesday that her mother, Rita Owens, had died after struggling with a heart condition.

“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,” the actress said in a statement to People.

“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.”

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Actress Queen Latifah (middle r.) said her mother Rita Owens (middle l.) was the lover of her life.

Actress Queen Latifah (middle r.) said her mother Rita Owens (middle l.) was the lover of her life.

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Owens was diagnosed with heart failure in 2004 after she collapsed while teaching in a New Jersey high school.

“I found myself becoming a recluse,” she told People in 2015 when the mother and daughter filmed a PSA for the American Heart Association.

“You have to understand your body is not processing the same way it was before. I started counting the things I can’t do instead of the things I can do. And I said, ‘Nope, this is not acceptable.’”

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