Reports have been released that larger-than-life reality TV star Angela ‘Big Ang’ Raiola died this morning after a year-long battle with stage 4 brain and lung cancer.

Family and friends of the 55-year-old “Mob Wives” matriarch streamed into a local hospital to be by the Brooklyn-born bar owner’s side after she stopped receiving cancer treatments.  A source said she was suffering from pneumonia. For several years now her physical appearance seemed to be far older than she actually is/was. Her exaggerated plastic surgeries made the reality actress look odd and mentally unbalanced. For the last two years, she was even exploited by celebrity physicians such as Dr. Oz who aired his interview of the reality star just two days ago.


Before being aired by VHI, test audiences did not believe that a reality show about mobsters’ wives would be appealing but the show drew an audience. The show’s cast was a treasure trove for law enforcement as the show brought on guests who had been in prison or were indicted and on their way to prison.

Loved ones denied earlier reports of her death, but her Twitter account later confirmed that she died at 3:01 a.m.

Angela (Big Ang) Raiola died after battling stage 4 brain and lung cancer. “She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and closest friends,” a statement from her friend Vinnie Medugno said on the account.

Angela Raiola and her husband Neil Murphy

A source told the Daily News earlier that she had been given last rites and that her family was holding vigil by her side late Wednesday.

Medugno thanked those who sent their prayers, and said that the television personality “truly went out richer than any monetary value could ever amount to.”

“YOU, (Her fans) were some of the most special people in her world, and she loved you immensely,” he said, adding that “In typical Big Ang fashion, we know she would say ‘Love you my babies!'”

Medugno continued on Instagram and said, “You lived by your own mantra. I will love you, cherish you, and hold you in my heart wherever I go, and whatever I do.”

Angela Raiola best known as Big Ang star of the VH1 reality series, “Mob Wives” was reportedly on her death bed. She was surrounded by family as she was administered last rites. Her uncle, the late Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi, was a captain in the Genovese crime family.

Raiola, the niece of a reputed captain of the Genovese crime family, was diagnosed last year with throat cancer and underwent several surgeries before being given the all clear.

The disease returned in December and had spread to her brain and lungs, according to reports.

The 55-year-old was known for being a brash and boisterous presence on the hit VH1 series “Mob Wives” and several spinoffs.

“Sometimes I feel I’m gonna be fine, and sometimes I just don’t think I am,” Raiola said in a tearful interview on “The Dr. Oz Show” that aired Tuesday.

Raiola revealed that she had left her husband, Neil Murphy, and that she was given a 30% chance of survival.

Murphy was seen at the hospital Wednesday night, but declined to comment.  Big Ang at home with friends Jennifer Patafio (r.) and Linda Torres (c.) while filming for her show on VH1 in Staten Island in 2012.

Raiola, a lifelong smoker, underwent chemotherapy, but the treatment didn’t work, and she had begun immunotherapy, which uses the body’s immune system rather than chemicals to fight diseases.

Raiola told the Daily News last year that she stopped smoking immediately after her first cancer diagnosis last March.

Her doctors told her the disease was “positively” caused by smoking, she said, and she called for people to quit the habit or resist picking it up.

Raiola gave fans a look into her cancer battle on an episode of “Mob Wives,” which is in its final season, earlier this month.

News reports that she has died abound but her loved ones vehemently protest the report.


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