Prayers, light and love are in order for femcee icon and film star Queen Latifah after the passing of her mother, Rita Owens, on Wednesday (March 21).
Queen reportedly shared the sad news in a statement with PEOPLE. As reported by the site, she revealed that Ms. Owens had suffered from a heart condition for over 10 years.
“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens, passed away today,” she said. “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.”
The Black Reign artist said that though she’s heartbroken over the death, she now finds solace knowing that her mother is at peace.
“Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time,” she concluded in the statement. “Much Love, Dana Owens (aka Queen Latifah), forever Rita Owens’ daughter.”
As she mourns the loss of her mother, Queen L’s closest industry mates are respecting her wishes and extending loving words to her in hopes of comfort and even more peace. See her ode to love for her mother on Instagram and everyone who shared their condolences amid Ms. Owens’ passing below.
My condolences to my sis @IAMQUEENLATIFAH I know how close you & Mama Owens were we always talked about our moms & my 1st time meeting her she treated me like family I know this hit so hard😞i lift you up in Prayer for strength🙏🏾 you are loved❤️ #RitaOwens rest peacefully🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/RTKjbihePO— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) March 22, 2018
My deepest condolences to Queen Latifah on the loss of her mother Rita Owens. They displayed a love that is eternal. May flights of angels sing her to her rest. RIP. @IAMQUEENLATIFAH— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) March 22, 2018
My heart and prayers are with you my Beloved Sister-Woman @IAMQUEENLATIFAH Lifting you and your family moment by moment. I've got your back on the prayer side.— Iyanla Vanzant (@IyanlaVanzant) March 22, 2018
Dear @IAMQUEENLATIFAH ,— Salt N Pepa (@TheSaltNPepa) March 22, 2018
Everyone knows how close you were to your mom, we're so sorry to hear that she passed, she was an amazing light in this world and the the best of mothers, we're praying for your strength at this very difficult time. We love you. ❤️ #SaltnPepa and Spin. pic.twitter.com/wPyhREdXaY
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