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Mob Wives Star Big Ang Dies at 55

The reality star lost her battle with throat, lung and brain cancer

Sadie Gennis

Mob Wives star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola died on Thursday after losing her battle with throat, lung and brain cancer. She was 55.

"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," Raiola's friend Vinnie Medugno shared on the reality star's Twitter. "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.

"She truly went out richer than any monetary value could ever amount to," Medungo continued. "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!'

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On Wednesday night, rumors surfaced that Raiola had died, but this was quickly denied by her representatives. "The news that has been reported is TOTALLY INACCURATE. Please respect her family and their privacy at this time," the statement read. "No direct information has been given, and will not be given any time soon. Angela is still in the hospital surrounded by her loved ones and is fighting."

Raiola was diagnosed with cancer in March, when she had a large tumor removed from her throat. She was hospitalized and receiving treatment for Stage 4 lung and brain cancer in January.

Earlier this week, Raiola announced she had split from her husband Neil Murphy. "I felt like he never stepped up to the plate, so I was done with it," the Mob Wives star said on The Dr. Oz Show on Tuesday. "Now, it's too late. I would rather be by myself. I would rather be alone."

She is survived by two children and six grandchildren.