Reality TV star Angela Raiola died in the early morning hours of February 18 in New York City as a result of cancer at the age of 55. According to “Mob Wives” producer Jennifer Graziano said that Raiola was surrounded by friends and family at the time of her death.
Raiola said that her doctors told her the cancer was a direct result of her 40 year smoking habit.
She was also the owner of the Staten Island bar the Drunken Monkey. The New York State Liquor Authority has since closed down the establishment siting lack of a liquor license by the owner.
Though not a “Mob Wife”, Angela – Big Ang was the niece of “Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi – a member of the Genovese family. Reportedly Raiola dated a number of men tied to the mob and even operated some known “mob hangouts”.
Raiola appeared in the film “Scary Movie 5” as one of the Real Housewives. Besides “Mob Wives” she has appeared on the programs “Couples Therapy”, “Celebrity Wife Swap”, “The Real”, “Bethenny”, “Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey”, “Big Ang”, and “Rachael Ray.
Filmed prior to her death, the remainder of this season’s “Mob Wives” episodes will include appearances by Raiola.
Stories vary as to how she earned her nickname of Big Ang from her exceptional height for a woman – 5’10” – to her larger than life personality.
She was born Angela Raiola in Brooklyn, New York on June 30, 1960; one of seven children.
She is survived by her children Raquel and Anthony, six grandchildren, sister Jannine, and estranged husband Neil Murphy.
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