Scleroderma Facts Vs. Fiction

Queen Latifah with mother Rita Owens

Queen Latifah with mother, Rita Owens; Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Queen Latifah looks up to her mother, Rita Owens. ” In a recent PSA for the American Heart Association, Queen Latifah describes that her mother was diagnosed in 2013 with scleroderma, an incurable autoimmune disease that caused scar tissue to build up in her lungs, requiring her to be on oxygen around the clock.