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.”