Queen Latifah is in mourning tonight. Her beloved mother, Rita Owens has died. The rapper/singer/actress has been her mother’s caretaker for several years while she battled a heart condition. Born Dana Owens in New Jersey, she turned 48 on March 18th.
Latifah shared the news in a statement to People.com:
“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” says Latifah. “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.”