‘Mob Wives’ star Angela ‘Big Ang’ Raiola dies after battle with cancer

Posted at 4:53 AM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 06:58:30-05

NEW YORK — VH1's "Mob Wives" star Angela “Big Ang” Raiola has died after losing her battle with stage 4 cancer early Thursday morning, her Twitter confirmed.

"It is with sad regret that we inform you that at 3:01 a.m. Angela Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home," Vinnie Medugno posted on Raiola's Twitter on behalf of her family.

"She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and closest friends," the note said.

False reports said Raiola had passed away on Wednesday night. A tweet posted to her official Twitter account at 10 p.m. dispelled rumors that the 55-year-old died.

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” Tuesday talking about 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.