Angela Raiola, also know affectionately as known as “Big Ang,” died early Thursday morning at the age of 55 after a battle with cancer. A friend, Vinnie Medugno, confirmed the star’s passing in a statement on the Mob Wives star’s official social media accounts:
“It is with sad regret that at 3:01 a.m., Angela Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home,” Medugno wrote on behalf of Big Ang’s family. “She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family and closest friends. YOU (her fans) were some of the most special people in her world, and she loved you immensely.”
In December, it was confirmed that Big Ang’s throat cancer had returned after a previous diagnosis back in March 2015. Doctors found a lemon-size tumor and removed it from her throat. Soon after, she underwent the same procedure for the right side of her throat, but was later diagnosed with stage 4 brain and lung cancer.
Earlier this month, Ang’s family set up a GoFundMe page to help with her medical fees, which helped raise over $45,000 in two weeks.
On The Dr. Oz Show, the reality star discussed her outlook, diagnosis and also revealed she left her husband, Neil Murphy, amid her cancer battle. “I felt like he never stepped up to the plate, so I was done with it,” she said. “Now, it’s too late. I would rather be by myself. I would rather be alone.”
The special episode aired a day before her passing.
Big Ang first shot to fame while starring on the VH1 show Mob Wives. Since then, she was involved in countless spin-offs and became a household name due to her lovable personality and trademark voice.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Big Ang’s family and loved ones during this heartbreaking time.
Written By: Marshay Rice