Queen Latifah’s mother Rita Owens passed away on Wednesday (March 21) after a long battle with a heart condition.
Latifah (real name Dana Owens) told People she is “heartbroken” by the loss but knows her mom is now “at peace.”
“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” says Latifah in a statement. “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.”