Queen Latifah and her mother, Rita Owens, attend taping of VH1's “Dear Mama” Mother’s Day special at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City on May 3, 2016.
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Queen Latifah’s mom, Rita Owens, died Wednesday after a 10-year battle with heart disease, the legendary rapper and actress said.

In a statement to People magazine, Latifah wrote:

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.

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.

In 2016, Latifah (who was born Dana Owens) and her mother filmed a public service announcement for the American Heart Association as part of the organization’s Rise Above Heart Failure campaign:

Thank you, Mrs. Owens, for raising a queen. Rest in power.