She was a big personality and an even bigger sweetheart by all accounts. Big Ang, a predominant cast member on The Mob Wives shows, has died from cancer at age 55. Her real name was Angela Raiola, and she was a reality TV personality with a lot of good behind her. The star had been battling stage IV lung and brain cancer. According to CNN, she passed away last night in a New York City hospital:
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"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 the world, and she loved you immensely," her friend Vinnie Medugno tweeted from the star's Twitter account.
"Thank you for your love, prayers, and unconditional support of Angela right to the very end. She truly went out richer than any monetary value could ever amount to. The family asks for privacy, and peace during this most difficult time," the message continued. "In typical Big Ang fashion, we know she would say 'Love you my babies!' This page will remain open as a celebration of who she was and will always be. It has been my esteemed privilege and honor to represent her in the highest regard via social media. Vinnie Medugno."
Marissa Jade spoke out after she found out about her costar's death: "The fondest memory I have of Angela is when we filmed together at her house. We have had a few heart to hearts together," she said. "Angela was a great person and fun to be around. I won’t forget the great times we had together in Miami with Angela, myself and the rest of the girls."
Many of Big Ang's friends took to Twitter to express their grief over her death:
"My beautiful friend is with the Angels now," Carla Facciolo added via Instagram. "Angela u will be missed more than anyone I [know]!" she captioned the pic. "U were so loved by so many ppl .. May u rest in peace my friend . I love you & I will miss you #BigAng."