Queen Latifah’s Mom Rita Owens Has Passed Away From A Heart Condition
Dana Owens, better known as Queen Latifah, lost the person she loved most, her mother Rita Owens, after struggling with a heart condition for more than a decade.
Rita Owens, the mother of hip-hop icon Queen Latifah, has passed away on Wednesday after struggling with a heart condition for more than a decade.
“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 shared. “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 (a.k.a. Queen Latifah), forever Rita Owens’ daughter.”
In September, the New Jersey native opened up about her mother’s years-long battle. “I’ve just learned how much you can love a person and just how strong my mother is,” she shared during a sit-down with PEOPLE Now. “I’ve come to respect her in ways you can’t even imagine.” The issue with heart health is a huge problem within the black-and-brown communities, yet Rita Owens persevered despite dealing with a chronic, progressive condition. For years, Ms. Owens was unable to pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body’s needs. Owens said in 2015 that her mother had a defibrillator implanted in her chest to avert a heart attack, plus proper medication and a low salt-and-fat diet in order to live with the condition.
“I watched her come through so many things, ups and downs, hospitalizations — I mean really being in the ICU for that matter — you know, going through tough times and watching her come back and bounce back and still maintain this sense of humor, and love and drive and will,” Latifah said of her mother. “I just love her so much more, I respect her so much more. She really just gives me hope for life and the world.”
Latifah, when not in California, she would stay at her mother’s home in New Jersey, sharing caregiving duties with relatives and a nurse. “As a caregiver — it’s just like being a parent, like some things really don’t matter. All the kind of frivolous things sort of fall to the side because there’s something way more important than all that. And when we go through these things together as a family, I realize, these are the important things, these are the important moments.”
Our sincerest condolences go out to the Owens family, to Queen Latifah and all those who knew and loved Ms. Rita Owens. Please keep them all in your prayers.