Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy; especially when it’s a parent. The world is sharing in the sadness of the recent news that actress Queen Latifah’s mother, Rita Owens, passed away after a long battle with a serious heart condition.

Essence online is reporting when Latifah, real name Dana Owens, learned of her mother’s illness, it “…was the last thing we expected, but she passed out in school one day. You know, she was a high school teacher, and she kinda took a dive one day. Initially, it was shock and fear, and then it was like, ‘Ok. What do we do?'” says the Golden Globe Award winner.

Recently, to bring awareness, Queen Latifah and her mother worked together on a campaign on rising above heart failure called “What the HF”.

Click here for more on this story. Our prayers are with Queen Latifah and her family during this time.

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