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NEW YORK (AP) - Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, the raspy-voiced bar owner who gained fame on the reality TV series "Mob Wives," died early Thursday, nearly a year after being diagnosed with throat cancer. She was 55.

Raiola died at a New York City hospital while surrounded by friends and family, said series producer Jennifer Graziano.

A statement posted from Raiola's Twitter account said she had "peacefully ended her battle with cancer."

Even as she fought the disease, the native New Yorker remained the candid, colorful figure that viewers came to know on VH1's "Mob Wives" and her two sequels.

"You can call me Angela. I'll call you handsome," she told host Dr. Mehmet Oz.



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Published in Journal Tribune on Feb. 19, 2016.
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January 24, 2021
I loved watching Ang she was bigger than life, watching her you felt like you were with a friend. Rest In Peace.
Dana Simpkins
July 1, 2020
I miss you so much. You really brought joy to people's lives. You will be in my memories forever.
Gene Rutter
Acquaintance
July 1, 2020
Gene Rutter
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
Jenny Cirillo
February 25, 2020
You are greatly missed.forever in everyone heart,
.
Joanne Fernandez
September 25, 2019
Love you
May 23, 2019
Just watched wife swap and u made me laugh. You had such an awesome personality and loved your family dearly! I was so excited when I saw u were in remission, but then I saw u died!! May God bless your family. Rip
Gretchen
May 9, 2019
Danita Hollowell
May 4, 2019
God bless you beautiful Angel.
Lisa Tittle
Acquaintance
March 21, 2019
Didnt know Ang, but just watched wife swap and saw a beautiful person in Ang. What a loving mother , wife , and you touched me in just 1 hour, can only imagine to have really known you. God bless you now in Heaven with all the love there is. My all of you family have peace knowing you loved them totally in Life. God bless the entire family.
Anthony
February 7, 2019
I Miss You So Much Big Ang
Justin Walters
Acquaintance
January 11, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We love you and miss you always.
January 11, 2019
Can't believe you are gone. It's been awhile but it still feels like yesterday. Can hear you laughing at me being silly.
Jules Mac
July 10, 2018
Thinking of you today Big Ang and how much your family must miss you. But I know that they must be very strong. Goodness knows that they're a part of you and goodness knows you're strong! I think that you come and go to check in on them. And probably get quite annoyed if things are not going in the "Big Ang way". Oh dear. You might even provide a hereafter kick in the bum. And they're just....."what? what just happened? Mum?"
They love you so much. Don't be good and save a place for the rest of use beautiful.
June 14, 2018
Thinking about you angel, fly high beautiful
T L
April 8, 2018
Dear Ang, Your light shines bright among all who love you. R.I.P. Dear Ang.
C Montero
February 12, 2018
Return To Forever...
Kevin
December 26, 2017
Big Ang you are my idol i love and miss you so much it feels like i have known you all of my life rip
tammy parmenter
July 8, 2017
To you r a good women an helped alot of people may the Lord look over in Heaven you are from a good Family That Care about you an you have many friends that care about you
June 10, 2017
The world needed and still needs more people like Angela..she had a beautiful soul and had the ability to make people laugh which is something everyone has to do more of..as a cancer survivor myself (3x's), i understand what she went through..i am so glad she is at rest and sits with God now..they say God always gives the hardest battles to His strongest soldiers and He also takes His angels home first..r.i.p. Big Ang..you will never be forgotten!
Linda Pascale-Wright
February 25, 2017
Strangely enough,when I first saw Ang appear on Mob Wives, I thought of her with my eyes and not my heart...My eyes said she must be a real tough lady living a real rough life. My eyes were wrong,and then I started watching her with my heart. Angela's beautiful soul revealed itself on every episode and that was wonderful...How many people would have loved to have had a friend like her? The Grace of God is with her.
Sorry to family and friends who are receiving this late, just heard of her passing up here in Canada, many people in my workplace have been saddened. It's a living tribute to Ang, how her essence reached distances.

MaryJane Parsons
Ontario,Canada
Maryjane Parsons
February 6, 2017
To the family, you have my sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one please know that our God will comfort you in all your trials and give you His peace.
SEB Baggsby
January 18, 2017
Rip big ang
Jhanyia Calloway
November 18, 2016
Ang my heart broke when we all lost you.Your personality,and humor I loved.God Bless you.You are very missed,taken to early .Keep them hopping up there.
Grace Pappas
November 17, 2016
"BIG ANG" ....YOU WERE THE REASON I WATCHED "MOB WIVES" THE PARTY DIDN'T GET STARTED UNTIL ANGELA APPEARED, SHE BROUGHT THAT RAW ENERGY AND LAUGHTER...LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST WAS WHAT ANGELA WAS ABOUT....THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR LIFE WITH FANS......PRAYERS & BLESSINGS....RIH
Valenda Newell
October 19, 2016
R.I.P. Big Ang God bless your family.
Carole Ann Davis
October 17, 2016
Sarah DeMaise-Miller
September 14, 2016
Ang you will be so miss.I kept praying for you,my heart hurt for you.I know heaven has a special lady.watching down on her family.I am so sad that you were taking from all that loved you.God Bless !!!!
Grace Pappas
September 13, 2016
I miss you Big Ang, I know that in Heaven it's beautiful for you. I hope that you R.I.P. Love and miss you Big Ang.
Carole Ann Davis
May 1, 2016
I truly will miss my favorite mob wife.You were a blessing to this world!!! I lost my grandfather,and my grandmother to cancer...My cousin had leukemia but won the fight and now she has a beautiful family of her own she's been in remission since 1987. I love you Big Ang ill never forget you!!! Rip beautiful angel fly high and I know your making them laugh in heaven!!!
Rebecca Greenwood
April 22, 2016
Prayers rip
Sara Grant
April 13, 2016
Big Ang I will miss you, even though I only know you through the TV show Mob Wives, you are one of the best people I have ever known. You tried to keep everyone in line and keep them as friends. I know that job was hard to do with everyone. They all had an opinion of everything. I don't know who will do that job now. I know that you are at peace now and you are cancer free and walking around with a bran new body. May you rest in peace and I pray that God will hold your family in his arms and comfort them in their time of need.
jo woods
March 31, 2016
March 19, 2016
Absolutely Gorgeous "Big Ang", You were my favorite "Mob Wife"!!! I feel like I knew you personally!!! You really touched me on so Many level's!!! I have been hospitalized cross-country, and was suppose to go to the exact hospital you were in; however, Drs have sent orders for me to be transferred to Columbia!!! I have a rare and aggressive autoimmune disease, that's bringing in others, with a possibility of cancer!!! I have been hospitalized from Oct 8, 2011- last year, 2015, and praying to go as an out patient!!! I lost my Father and Great Aunt to lung, and throat cancer's, and my Cousin, who was more like my Brother, to brain cancer!!! I know you are in Our Father Gods Heavenly Arm's!!! I Thank God You Had An Incredibly Gorgeous And Supportive Family And Friends By Your Side!!! I Lift Each And Every One Of Your Family And Friend's-Up To God, In My Constant Prayer's!!! God Bless Each And Every One Of You!!! ❤H❤U❤G❤S❤
Joan McGowen
March 30, 2016
I'm sorry for your loss. From day to day, I pray that the God of comfort continue to strengthen you and your family.
March 30, 2016
You will always be missed and always be loved.
Justin Chapa
March 28, 2016
big ang I will allways love and miss you the show will not be the same with out I seriously don`t believe I will be watching the show ever again heaven has gained a very beautiful angel rip my friend gone but will never be forgotten.
carolyn rector
March 22, 2016
My condolences to family and dear friends. You showed all of us how to live life to the fullest.
Jules
March 19, 2016
Absolutely Gorgeous "Big Ang", You were my favorite "Mob Wife"!!! I feel like I knew you personally!!! You really touched me on so Many level's!!! I have been hospitalized cross-country, and was suppose to go to the exact hospital you were in; however, Drs have sent orders for me to be transferred to Columbia!!! I have a rare and aggressive autoimmune disease, that's bringing in others, with a possibility of cancer!!! I have been hospitalized from Oct 8, 2011- last year, 2015, and praying to go as an out patient!!! I lost my Father and Great Aunt to lung, and throat cancer's!!! I know you are in Our Father Gods Heavenly Arm's!!! I Thank God You Had An Incredibly Gorgeous Family And Friends By Your Side!!! I Lift Each And Every One Of Your Family And Friend's-Up To God, In My Constant Prayer!!! God Bless Each And Every One Of You!!! ❤H❤U❤S❤
Joan McGowen
March 18, 2016
Buon viaggio Big Ange.... condoglianze alla famiglia.
Riposare in pace. The Kirkham family.
March 16, 2016
To her husband, best friends, siblings, children, grand babies,
nieces & nephews....I wish I had the right words. How does one go on after the loss of Angela. She had a profound impact on all of you. I do however pray that your hearts find a way to soothe.
Sandy
March 13, 2016
Rest In Peace beautiful lady.prayers to the family and friends!
Shaquita jean Johnson
March 12, 2016
so sorry for your loss
aidan w
March 12, 2016
One of a kind,,,, Never to be forgotten, Forever Missed.
Crystal Romanello
March 12, 2016
I remember u from new utricht hs, and from ave U. Whenever i went to coney island i went by way of sheepshead bay. I met u a few times there. I want u to know i will never forget u and how nice you were. The world has lost an angel, but your memory will live on forever because you were the defination of what and how life should be. I will miss you ang, but i will never ever forget you. I am so sorry for the mental and phys. pain you went thru. You will always be loved... you were right about that. Every body loves YOU. I miss you. Lots of love and respect to your memory. Tears that you are gone. xox
crystal romanello
March 11, 2016
I hope you are at peace and no longer have to suffer from cancer. I would have liked very much to meet you. I watched Mob Wives faithfully over the years. I wanted to visit The Drunkin' Monkey and meet you but you passed away before I had the chance. We shared the same disease, I too have been fighting cancer for the past 5 years. Maybe one day I will see you in heaven and I will get to meet you then. God Bless You Big Ang. you will be sadly missed. Rita Hance NJ.
March 10, 2016
You made me laugh. The memories will always be there. May God Bless and Keep you.
wanda spence
March 10, 2016
Ang was such a beautiful person, inside & out! My heart is broken & I miss her already. I still can't believe she's gone! RIP Big Ang XO
Laura Spencer
March 9, 2016
My "Role Model" forever
You are still LOVED and going to be MISSED.
I am surely going to miss watching you on "Mob Wives" every week, but I still carry you in my heart and spirit, I still can hear your voice ringing in my ears. Take your rest because your labor here on earth was greatly rewarding. God planted his seed, he feed it, water it, nourished it with bundle love and watched it grow; once he saw you were not afraid to do his deeds he came back and pulled you on home. R.I.P "Big ANG" Love you
VIZZETTA PRUITT
March 9, 2016
I loved watching you every week . You are a big inspiration. You truly will be missed.
Pamela Charbonneau
March 8, 2016
R.I.P Big Ang You will be greatly missed.
Crystal Thomas
March 7, 2016
Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
Allison Dupont
March 4, 2016
R.I.P. Big Ang fly high in Heaven.
Carole Ann Davis
March 4, 2016
Leigh Davis
March 4, 2016
Rest in peace Big Ang. Never met you but feel blessed & thankful that you were able to touch my life & so many lives just by being the kind caring loving person that you have allowed us to see. May the angels surround
you with loving arms. You will be missed.
Maryellen Colombo
March 4, 2016
Valentino W
March 4, 2016
A beautiful soul. May you be Remembered In Perpetuity!
Valentino W
March 3, 2016
Big ang you'll be missed but never forgotten. My deepest sympathies.
Paula Maack
March 3, 2016
SIP Big Ang..
Leslie Wells
March 3, 2016
So sorry to hear of the passing of BIG Ang i never had the pleasure of meeting her in person but i felt as of i new her watching her week after week over the year's and coming from an Italian background myself, she was a beautiful person with a heart of gold may u RIP Angels sleep with the angels!!!
Linda S
March 2, 2016
Good note you beautiful lady love you
Michael Hernandez
March 2, 2016
LOVE YOU BIG ANG!YOUR BIGGEST FAN!
Theresa Russell
March 2, 2016
Rest in Eternal Peace, Angela❤ There will never be another you Sweet Angel
Jane Nacmias
February 29, 2016
Saddened by the loss of a generous, loving lady with a sweet sweet soul. She was a peacemaker among her friends and a woman who loved her family. I will always remember her.
Liz Ryan
February 29, 2016
Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of meeting you in person, something I will regret forever. But, that doesn't mean you didn't hold a special place in my heart. I love you, you were 100% real and that say's it all to me. I loved your style, your kind heart and your love of life! I will speak of you often and keep your memory alive, to me. I will miss you every day until we meet in the heavens above my dear. You were one of a kind and I'm sure you have them dancing above. May you be the Angel your Family has to guide them and the always keep their paths of life bright. Love You My Friend. Melissa (A Loyal Fan)
Melissa Mclaughlin
February 28, 2016
How can there be a Mob Wives show without Angela, Big Ang Raiola. I loved you from the start of the show and I will miss you forever. Rest well. sweet Lady. Bless you and prayers for you and your family.
Judith Kaul
February 28, 2016
RIP Big Ang! Find your wings and fly beautiful angel! You will be missed.
Brandy S
February 28, 2016
RIP beautiful soul
H Reed
February 28, 2016
R.I.P Big Ang.. U will be truly missed. I love watching u on Mob Wives.. To me u were the show.. Love u
monica walker
February 28, 2016
RIP Big Ang. You were larger then life! Praying you are at peace in Heaven. Never missed an episode, you were the peace maker & I know God has you in His Hands!
Mary P
February 28, 2016
So sorry for your lose may the God of comfort be with you and your family
Janet Rivers
February 28, 2016
Rest in Piece beautiful lady. You were on a kind, they'll never be another "Big Ang" give heaven a run for its money. Godbless you!!!!
Emma Craythorn
February 27, 2016
At The Drunken Monkey 2014
My heart is so sadden of the passing of a wonderful unique woman Big Ang you will truly be missed thank you for being a part of our lives my family will always remember you as well SIP my diva we love you Our Deepest Sympathy to family and friends. ..
Ivonne Reyes
February 27, 2016
RIP, Big Ang, Thankyou for helping my family out when my nephew Jason,was a vegetable . Ang,you are a wonderful woman who touched everyones hearts. In. HEAVEN,you will be one of GOD's ANGELS. Ang, your soul will live forever and no one will ever forget you. Your family will get by and will live through the memories you had together. I will miss you on TV.
Bonnie Applebaum
February 27, 2016
R.I.P. Big Ang...You will be so missed..May god bless your family..
Cheryl Cal
February 27, 2016
I thank God that you are no longer suffering. I didn't know you but will miss you. ❤❤
Carol Janick
February 27, 2016
How heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. You are loved here in Washington DC. We love you. Your friend: Philip Gordon trustee.
phlip gordon
February 27, 2016
So sorry to have lost you, you were the glue
that held everyone together. May you rest in peace and keep an eye out for everyone from above.

Marilyn Purgatorio (Plainfield, Illinois)
February 27, 2016
So many will miss you. You were such a sweet, kind, and caring woman. Prayers for your family, friends and loved ones. You are gone but never forgotten, Big Ang. Rest in peace in paradise forever. Much Love!
Sheree W
February 27, 2016
Angela, you were beautiful inside and out. You made the show worth watching. I have never seen someone so dedicated to her family and her friends as well. You will forever be missed. Wish I could see that smile and hear your voice once more. You will never be forgotten.
Bridgett smith
February 27, 2016
It's hard to watch the show as it was clearly filmed through her bout with cancer... She had a heart of gold and I enjoyed her so much on the show... You were so scared of the procedures and I don't blame you but now it's over... No more hurt no more pain... You're an angel watching over all of us... RIP beautiful lady... God watch over your family... Lee from PA
February 27, 2016
RIP Big Ang , your a Angel if ever there were one ! Watch over Family & Friends , Missing you , Your Fan
Edna Chesek
February 27, 2016
beautiful Angela
april jeanniton
February 27, 2016
April jeanniton
February 26, 2016
Theresa Tenaglia
February 26, 2016
Big Ang I cannot stop grieving over your sudden passing you are going to be truly missed your personality, your humor, Beautiful spirit,Classy lady. My family and I followed Mobwives since day one you are a true friend you always remain Neutral you just wanted everyone to get along with no Drama I know you you are at peace no more pain I am glad mobwives ending after 6 seasons it will never be the same without you. R.I.P. BIG Ang Myself and family Love you.
Larene Graham
February 26, 2016
Big Ang, you will be truly missed. You were my favorite. Rest in heavenly peace.
Bonnie Fisher
February 26, 2016
Vlzangie Vlz
February 26, 2016
God Bless You
jamie cortez
February 26, 2016
I don't think you had any idea of how many people loved you and of the countless smiles you brought to their faces - May you rest in peace
Rich Babbino
February 26, 2016
Forever in our hearts . . . .
Big Ang was my favorite and the reason I kept watching the show. She was the "real deal". My sincere sympathy to her family, friends and loved ones.
Mary Beth Johnson
February 25, 2016
All that's left to say is to take your rest and enjoy this eternal time and I hope your mansion is next to mine...Love and Hugs
Loretta Harvey
February 25, 2016
Rest-In-GOD Arms.....Big Ang. You shall be missed.
Linda Irons
February 25, 2016
Barbara Rosentreter
February 25, 2016
I will miss seeing Big Ang on the show.She was always trying to be the peace maker. She quite funny and would make me laugh. God Bless all of your family.
February 25, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to Big Ang's family and friends. Such a big loss. She's was a beautiful lady and my favorite on Mob wives. May God comfort all of you ❤
Evangeline Bolcis
February 25, 2016
I will always love and miss you.............my prayers to the family she was at true gem.

R.I.P. BIG ANG YOU ARE TRULY MISSED HEAVEN IS GETTING A TRUE QUEEN
February 25, 2016
Big Ang, you been in my thoughts and prayers. I can't believe your gone. I'm real sad. My dad is also battling cancer and he drinks heavy and smokes an is in hospital. I can't help but to think of you an how I wish you were OK and alive. You didn't deserve to go. I can't believe how fast things progressed. I'll always keep you in my heart. You were a beautiful person. I know ur angel in heaven dancing and no more worry or pain. Your an amazing person. God bless Rest easy BIG ANG RAIOLA, FOREVER IN MY HEART!!
april jeanniton
February 25, 2016
I am deeply sorry to the family & friends for the loss Angela. I too just lost my Mother January 29th, 2016 to lung, liver & brain cancer. What a horrific thing for anyone to go through, watching a loved one die too soon. Angela was so full of life & laughter. She will be sadly missed by the thousands of lives she touched. May God comfort you in this difficult time.
Theresa Damon
February 25, 2016
your missed deeply
My heart is very heavy. I can't believe your gone. You were a really special person. Your personality was larger then life. You were really funny and most caring kind person. My deepest sympathy to your family. I know they must be hurting really hard. I been feeling sick to my stomach past couple days since I heard the news you passed away. I can't believe your life mottos an sayings are just so real an true.. You are in my prayers, I wish I got to meet you. I am going to buy it wine, ur book a big ang candle an few other things. To have things to remember you by. You'll forever be loved an never forgotten.
april jeanniton
February 25, 2016
May you rest in the sweetest peace Ang, your are the most incredible, care free woman.
I admire your loyalty & what you stand for. May god watch over your family at this sad time.. xoxo
Courtney Levesque
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