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VH1's 'Dear Mama' Taping

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Queen Latifah announces that her mother Rita Owens has passed away from a heart condition.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens, passed away today,” she revealed. “Anyone that has ever met her know what a bright light she was on earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldly, but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.”

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