Despite all the recent troubles in their relationship, Neil Murphy was there for Big Ang at the very end. The reality star’s husband was at her bedside when she lost her battle with Stage 4 brain and lung cancer on Feb. 18, and released a heartbreaking statement after her passing.
We cannot even imagine what Big Ang’s family is going through right now. The 55-year-old and her husband, Neil Murphy, were having some problems in their relationship before she tragically died on Feb. 18, but in the end, he showed his deep love for her by remaining by her deathbed in her final hours.
“He’s part of her life. He’s still her husband, you know?” co-star Carla Facciolo told People. “I don’t know if they got back together, but to Ang, when she throws somebody off for a little bit, they’re always back in. She takes in people.” The couple had appeared on Couple’s Therapy and Celebrity Wife Swap together, clearly facing a lot of ups and downs throughout the marriage, and just days before she died, Ang admitted they were splitting for good.
“I felt like he never stepped up to the plate, so I was done with it,” she told Dr. Oz. “Now, it’s too late. I would rather be by myself. I would rather be alone.” Still, after their many years together, Neil is obviously deeply saddened by his longtime partner’s passing. “I will always love you forever please watch over the grandkids I know you will,” he tweeted. SO sad.
Even though things hadn’t been going great in this relationship, Ang still had a lot of other people in her life to fight for, including her two beautiful kids, Raquel and Anthony, and six grandkids. Raquel actually just welcomed a newborn earlier this year, but sadly, Ang will never get to see the adorable infant grow.
Doctors found a lemon-sized tumor in Ang’s throat back in March, and she had surgeries in April and June. Although the cancer went away briefly, the VH1 star learned in December that it had spread to become Stage 4 brain and lung cancer, which spread rapidly, ultimately leading to her sad, sad death.