MANHATTAN (WTNH)– ‘Mob Wives’ star Big Ang has died of cancer at the age of 55.
According to US Weekly, the reality TV star, whose real name is Angela Raiola, passed away at 3:01 a.m. Thursday, surrounded by friends and family. She had been battling stage IV lung and brain cancer.
Her friend Vinnie Medugo confirmed Big Ang’s death on twitter on behalf of her family with the message:
— Angela Raiola (@biggangVH1) February 18, 2016
TMZ reports that Big Ang was first diagnosed with throat cancer in April when doctors found a tumor in her throat. It was removed, but her cancer returned in December and spread to her brain and lungs.
Just hours before her death, her team had to clear up false reports that she had died on Wednesday evening.
Big Ang is survived by her sister, Janine, her two children, Raquel and Anthony Donfrio, and six grandchildren. She had split from her husband, Neil Murphy, after telling Dr.OZ that he wasn’t supporting her during her fight with cancer.
According to VH1.com, Mob Wives is “a docu-soap series which follows the lives of a group of (“according to the federal government”) associated women at a crossroads, struggling to establish their own identities and carry on while their loved ones do time for Mob-related activities.”