Terrence Howard Grieving Loss of Mother

Terrence Howard

Columbia Records

09/25/2008 AT 8:55 PM ET

Terrence Howard is mourning the death of his mother, the Hustle & Flow star’s rep tells PEOPLE in a statement.

“Terrence Howard’s mother, Anita Williams, has sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer,” the statement says. “Terrence will take some time to privately grieve with his family. He appreciates everyone’s support during this difficult time.”

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