2016 really is coming for glamour, because early this morning, Big Ang of Vh1’s Mob Wives, one of the only reality stars I was able to love-watch instead of hate-watch, became a big angel in the sky after dying of cancer at the young age of 55.
Last night, some reported that the Wet ‘n Wild-covered bright shining jewel of Staten Island had died, but her family denied that statement and said she was still breathing and they were all praying for her. But sadly this morning, Big Ang’s family announced in a statement on Twitter that she had gone on to heaven where fillers come out of the faucets and where she’s partying with, fighting with and spitting truth into the ears of the angels.
“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. 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. 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.”
Last March, Big Ang said that after 40 years of being a smoker, doctors found a big ass tumor in her throat. She went through 2 surgeries and was told that she was very lucky. But because cancer is a devil, it came back hard in December and spread to her lungs and brain. Doctors diagnosed her with stage 4 cancer. Earlier this year, she started chemotherapy but it didn’t work. Her family created a GoFundMe page where they asked for donations from her fans so they’d be able to get her some cannabis oil for the pain. She was also just on Dr. Oz and she told him that her cancer had gotten worse and she had left her husband of 6 years Neil Murphy because she felt like he had never “stepped up to the plate.”
Big Ang is survived by her two kids and six grandchildren.
Rest in peace, Big Ang. It’s morning time here or else I’d have a “Big Ang” (red wine and cream soda) for you. You know, it’ll give me the heaves, but I’ll have one anyway. It’s always 5 o’clock in heaven.