Angela “Big Ang” Raiola, reality TV who rose to fame on the VH1 series Mob Wives, died earlier today after her battle with lung and brain cancer. She was 55.
Her friend Vinnie Medugno confirmed the passing on the star’s official Twitter account:
“It is with sad regret that at 3:01 a.m., Angela Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home,” Medugno wrote on behalf of Big Ang’s family. “She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family and closest friends. YOU (her fans) were some of the most special people in her world, and she loved you immensely.”
The message then elaborates on the gratitude for all the support Raiola received while ill:
“Thank you for your love, prayers and unconditional support of Angela right up to the very end,” Medugno wrote. “She truly went out richer than any monetary value could ever amount to. The family asks for privacy and peace during this most difficult time.”
Medugno then pays tribute to his dear friend by adding:
“In typical Big Ang fashion, we know she would say, ‘Love you my babies!'”
— Angela Raiola (@biggangVH1) February 18, 2016