Big Ang Dead at Age 55 — ‘Mob Wives’ Castmates Post Tributes (PHOTOS)
Angela “Big Ang” Raiola died early this morning, February 18, after battling throat cancer.
News of Big Ang’s passing was announced via the reality star’s Twitter account not soon after a rep had to deny early reports that she’d passed late night on February 17.
“It is with sad regret that we inform you that at 3:01AM Angela Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home,” the statement begins. “She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and closest friends.”
“Thank you for your love, prayers, and unconditional support of Angela right to the very end,” the statement continues, also acknowledging fan support. “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 mother of two and grandmother of six is remembered by family and friends. In honor of their fallen friend, many of Ang’s castmates have taken to social media to remember her:
I'm sry I was not involved with tonight's episode... #Pray4BigAng is what's important right now...nothing else.Drita Davanzo (@DritaDavanzo) February 18, 2016
RIP ANGELA .. FOREVER IN MYRenee Graziano (@reneegraziano) February 18, 2016
"We're not here for a long time, we are here for a good time" Big Ang used to tell me this all the time, as she would point to her tattoo of the words. She would adamantly tell me this while going through my trying time, this is how she truly lived. She was always happy and positive and wanted to spread her Love to everyone around her to be happy as well. She gave so much of herself to all. She had that special gift to make everybody feel like a somebody. My boys and I adored her, she will be truly missed. Our prayers are with her family, they were all that mattered to her. May God Bless her Beautiful soul#bigloveforbigang #familyovereverything @biggangvh1 @roccogarofalo @badassboss
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Big Ang's family and friends during this extremely difficult time. #F—kCancer, indeed.