NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - A family spokesperson has confirmed that popular reality TV star Angela Raiola has died.
'Big Ang' of VH1's 'Mob Wives' passed away early Thursday morning after a battle with stage 4 cancer.
She was 55 years old.
Raiola was first diagnosed with throat cancer in April 2015 when doctors discovered a tumor in her throat. It was removed shortly after, reported TMZ.
Then in December, the Staten Island native learned the cancer had returned and spread to her brain and lungs.
“At 3:01 a.m. Angela Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer," Vinnie Medugno posted on Raiola's Twitter account.
On Tuesday, Raiola appeared on the Dr. Oz Show where she admitted being in a deep depression and afraid she would not survive her battle with cancer.
"Sometimes I feel like I'm going to be fine and sometimes I just don't think I am," said Raiola.
Family spokesperson and close friend Vinnie Medugno shared his sorrow over Raiola's passing via Instagram.
I'm not here for a long time, I'm here for a good time! -Big Ang Everything with you was exactly what those words embodied. You lived by your own mantra. I will love you, cherish you, and hold you in my heart wherever I go, and whatever I do. Thank you for being a major part of my life. You've taught and brought so much to me. Sleep peacefully, and kiss my grandmother. Goodbye my love!
Raiola's uncle, the late Salvatore Lombardi, was a captain of the Genovese crime family.
She is survived by her children, Raquel and Anthony, and six grandchildren.