NEW YORK — VH1's "Mob Wives" star Angela “Big Ang” Raiola died early Thursday after her battle with stage four lung and brain cancer. She was 55.
"It is with sad regret that we inform you that at 3:01 a.m. Angela Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home. She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and closest friends. YOU, (Her fans) were some of the most special people in her world, and she loved you immensely. 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 know she would say 'Love you my babies!'" Vinnie Medugno posted on Raiola's Twitter on behalf of her family.
False reports said Raiola had passed away on Wednesday night. A tweet posted to her official Twitter account at 10 p.m. dispelled rumors that the 55-year-old died.
The “Mob Wives” matriarch began chemotherapy in early January for stage four brain and lung cancer, WPIX reports.
Unfortunately, a doctor's prognosis showed the chemotherapy wasn't working.
Big Ang appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” Tuesday talking about her hopes and depression as she battles cancer.
“It’s destroying me,” Raiola admitted, “Instead of it getting better it’s getting worse.”
"Mob Wives" follows a group of Staten Island women and their families.