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Queen Latifah's Mom Rita Owens Dies After Long Battle With Heart Condition

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We're thinking of Queen Latifah during this difficult time.

Queen Latifah's mom Rita Owens passed away on Wednesday after a decade-long battle with a heart condition.

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The starlet spoke to People, confirming the tragic death of her mother in a statement:

"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, worldy 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."

So heartbreaking.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the 48-year-old during this difficult time.

[Image via Derrick Salters/WENN.]

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