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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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Kevin Smith Has Already Lost 17 LBS In Just 9 Days Of Dieting Post-Heart Attack!

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We're so relieved Kevin Smith survived his "widowmaker" heart attack a couple weeks back!

And thankfully this is one experience to which he seems determined not to make a sequel.

His cardiologist told him he needed to go vegan AND lose 50 lbs — a tough haul for many, but this is the man who already dropped an impressive 85 just three years back.

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On the latest episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, the Clerks director explained how this time, he's using Penn Jillette's diet, which we know from the magician's book Presto! starts with two weeks of nothing but potatoes then adds in vegetables. Strict stuff.

"It's rather extreme, but it appeals to me because it dials in to certain personality traits."

We assume he means being able to follow a VERY boring routine. But he's doing it! He revealed:

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Chrissy Metz Details Painful Emotional & Physical Abuse At The Hands Of Her Stepfather In New Memoir

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Bless Chrissy Metz.

In her new memoir This Is Me, the 37-year-old actress opens up about her impoverished childhood and suffering physical and emotional abuse from her stepfather.

The This Is Us actress tells People of her rough upbringing:

"I'm a tough cookie. But it's one of those things that attempts to break your spirit."

Chrissy's father left when the celeb was eight years old, leaving her mother, Denise, to raise three children on her own. Denise later welcomed another baby with a boyfriend who skipped town before meeting Metz's future stepfather, a man she called Trigger.

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In her book, Chrissy writes:

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Katie Couric Accompanies Jimmy Kimmel As He Gets A Televised Colonoscopy — WATCH!

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What a way to commemorate turning 50!

Back in November, Jimmy Kimmel hit his milestone birthday, thus he felt it was time to get a colonoscopy — and film it too. As Katie Couric had a groundbreaking televised colonoscopy almost two decades prior, she accompanied the chat show host to his procedure.

Let's just say the hospital visit was a memorable one! Be sure to ch-ch-check it out (above)!

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Caitlyn Jenner Shares Painful 'Sun Damage' Pic — OUCH!

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You can have fun in the sun, but you got to be careful!

On Tuesday, Caitlyn Jenner posted a pic on Instagram (above) where she reveals she had to recently get "sun damage" removed from her nose.

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The former I Am Cait star captioned the graphic post:

"I recently had to get some sun damage removed from my nose. PSA- always wear your sunblock!"

Lather on the SPF, y'all!

[Image via Caitlyn Jenner/Instagram.]

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