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Angela Raiola (1960 - 2016)

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Angela Raiola (1960 - 2016)

Angela Raiola, the colorful bar owner and star of the reality TV show Mob Wives and its sequels, died early Thursday of throat cancer that had spread to other organs. She was 55.

Jennifer Graziano, the producer of the VH1 series, confirmed the death. Raiola died at a hospital in New York City, with relatives and friends at her side.

Raiola, also known to the show's viewers as Big Ang, owned the Drunken Monkey bar in Staten Island, New York. The show premiered in 2011. Her doctors diagnosed the cancer in March 2015.

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The native New Yorker’s uncle, Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, a captain of the Genovese crime family, which made her, technically, a mob niece, not a wife, but her personality made her the star of the show.

On Wednesday, Raiola appeared on TV's Dr. Oz to share her cancer story with fans of the popular heart surgeon's talk show.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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