Hollywood actress and rapper Queen Latifah is putting on black colored cloths as she has lost one her dearest friend and lover.

Queen Latifah has always declared being so in love with her mother and while growing up, she was her best friend because she confided in her.

Her mother Rita Owens has been battling with an illness and at last she couldn’t fight on has the heart failure finally defeated her.

The heart failure has been a long time distractor to Rita as she was forced to live and battle with this chronic ailment for 14 years.

In the sad spirit of mourning, Queen Latifah share a touching tribute to the mother, and this is it;

“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, wordy but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life,” Latifah continued. “She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over. I am heartbroken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time.” She wrote.