Queen Latifah’s Mom Passes

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“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” Queen Latifah said in a statement to PEOPLE.

On Wednesday (March 21), the rapper and actress’ mother ended her battle with heart failure — a condition where the heart cannot efficiently pump blood throughout the body — following over a decade of fighting. After being diagnosed with the condition around 2004, proper medicine, a low sodium diet and a defibrillator implant allowed her more time on Earth.

Latifah says that she is “heartbroken” but finds comfort in knowing that the person who gave her “hope for life and the world” is finally resting.

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