Big Ang tragically lost her battle to cancer on Feb. 18, surrounded by family and friends at a hospital in Staten Island. HollywoodLife.com spoke to ‘Mob Wives’ creator, Jennifer Graziano who tells us that she was by her bedside when she died at 3:01am and that her she’s ‘honored to have called her a friend.’
Big Ang has died and her friends and family are beyond devastated. The 55-year-old reality star lost her battle with cancer on Feb. 18 and HollywoodLife.com spoke to Mob Wives creator and her dear friend, Jennifer Graziano, just moments after she passed away.
“I am saddened to say that At 3:01 am Ang lost her battle with cancer,” Jennifer told us. “She passed peacefully surrounded by friends and family. My heart is broken for her whole family – especially her children and grandchildren and I will never forget her. Her presence brought sheer happiness to anyone that was around her and I am honored to have called her a friend. Please respect her family’s privacy at this time as they mourn the loss of such an amazing woman.”
We also spoke to Ang’s co-star Carla Facciolo who told HollywoodLife.com: “All I can say is She was bigger than life and I will truly miss her! All our hearts are broken but I know she will rule the gates of heaven the Big Ang way … May she rest in peace.” The news of Big Ang’s death was first announced in a statement from Vinnie Medugno posted on Big Ang’s Twitter: “It is with sad regret that we inform you that at 3:01 a.m. Angelia Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home,” She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and the closest friends. YOU, (her fans) were some of the most special people in the world, and she loved you immensely. Thank you for your love, prayers, and unconditional support of Angela right to the very end.”
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts go out to Big Ang’s family and friends.