Publicist: Big Ang of ‘Mob Wives’ has ‘peacefully ended her battle with cancer’

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NEW YORK — Angela Raiola, better known as “Big Ang” on VH1’s reality series “Mob Wives,” has passed away, according to a tweet posted to her official Twitter account.

According to the tweet, Raiola died at 3:01 a.m. Thursday.

Publicist Vinnie Medugno also posted his own personal tribute to Big Ang on his Instagram page.

Media reports Wednesday stated that the 55-year-old had already passed away. But a Wednesday tweet from Medugno dispelled those rumors.

Here is that full statement:

The “Mob Wives” matriarch began chemotherapy in early January for stage 4 brain and lung cancer. Weeks later, a doctor’s prognosis showed that chemotherapy wasn’t working.

Big Ang appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Tuesday to 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. The cast members, who usually live tweet during episodes of the show, were silent Wednesday night.

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