Queen Latifah Mourns The Passing of Her Mom, Rita Owens

Queen Latifah is mourning the loss of her mother Rita Owens. The actress/rapper announced the passing of her beloved mother with an emotional tribute.

Rita Owens died on Wednesday after struggling with a heart condition for more than a decade, she announced in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.

Dana Elaine Owens, professionally by her stage name Queen Latifah said her goodbye to her mom with these words: "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," Latifah continued. "She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over. I am heart broken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Owens family during this difficult times.

Queen Latifah and mom Rita Owens

Queen Latifah, left, and her mother Rita Owens attended VH1's “Dear Mama” Mother’s Day Special taping at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in New York. Last time her mother was seen in

Photo: Greg Allen (Invision/AP)

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