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US Rapper, Queen Latifah loses mum

By Patricia Uyeh,

United States rapper/actress, Queen Latifah,  whose real name is Dana Owen, has lost her mother to a long time heart condition.

Queen Latifah’s mother, Rita Owens passed away on Wednesday after struggling with a heart condition for more than a decade. The deceased was diagnosed with a heart condition after fainting in her classroom.

In an exclusive statement to, the actress said:

“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, worldly 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,” Latifah shares. “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.”

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