NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola of 'Mob Wives' visits at SiriusXM Studios on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

After a year-long battle with throat, lung and brain cancer, Big Ang passed away at 3:01 a.m.  The Mob Wives star, whose real name was Angela Raiola, was just 55 years old. 

Angela’s death was confirmed by her friend Vinnie Medugno early this morning.  He wrote, “It is with sad regret that we inform you that at 3:01 a.m. Angelia Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home. She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and the closest friends. YOU, (her fans) were some of the most special people in the world, and she loved you immensely. Thank you for your love, prayers, and unconditional support of Angela right to the very end.”

It continued, “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. In typical Big Ang fashion, we knew she would say ‘Love you my babies!’ This page will remain open as a celebration of who she was and will always be.”

Angela Raiola is survived by her husband, Neil, her two children, Raquel and Anthony, as well as six grandchildren. 

Big Ang first revealed her cancer diagnosis back in March 2015 after doctors found a lemon-sized tumor in her throat.  In December she revealed that her cancer had returned.  And earlier this month she shared that her cancer had stopped responding to chemotherapy

Our thoughts are with her family and friends.  Big Ang and her larger-than-life personality will be truly missed. 

 

Photo Credit: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

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