Rita Owens is the mother of famous singer Queen Latifah. On March 22, 2018 Latifah’s mother died after battle with heart condition.
Professionally, Rita Owens was a teacher. She was a teacher at Irvington High School where she also attended when she was a young girl. According to her IMDB page, she is also an actress and has appeared in movies like The Cookout (2004), Living Single (1993) and The Cookout 2 (2011).
Very little information is available on her personal life, childhood and family. But what we know is that she was married to Lancelot Owens Sr. He was a police officer and they got divorced when Queen Latifah was only 10 years old. Together with Lancelot Owens Sr. she have two children, Queen Latifah and Lancelot Owens Jr.
Rita Owens Death
On March 21, 2018 Latifah’s mother Rita Owens passed away after a long battle with a heart condition.
She told People Magazine: ““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, worldy but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.” She added: “She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over”.
Latifah first opened on her mom’s illness in a Mother’s day back in 2016. She was often spotted at her daughter’s side and also appeared in movie Living Single playing the role of mother to Latifah’s character.