Mob Wives New York Star Big Ang "Angela Raiola" Has Past Away
|Mob Wives New York Star Big Ang "Angela Raiola" Has Past Away|
Known for her raspy voice, large stature and love of plastic surgery, she quickly became a popular member of the "Mob Wives" cast.
Her success on that series led to the VH1 spinoff "Big Ang," which focused on her life as proprietor of the Drunken Monkey Bar and Grill and Big Ang's Secrets beauty salon, both in Staten Island. That show resulted in another spinoff, "Miami Monkey," about Raiola opening an outpost of her bar in Miami.
In 2015, she and her husband, Neil Murphy, also appeared on the VH1 reality series "Couples Therapy." The couple discussed the stresses on their then-six-year marriage, including her diagnosis of throat cancer.
Raiola told reports in January that she and Murphy had split.
"I just felt like Neil just doesn't do the right thing, and I don't need to be with somebody who doesn't
support me, and I don't need him," she said. "And I just think that it's done. I lost it. You just lose it."
In February, Raiola's sister, Janine Detore, appealed to fans to help raise funding for alternative treatment for the reality star.
"As you know my sister was diagnosed with stage 4 brain and lung cancer," the GoFundMe page said. "Chemotherapy was started January 5th. On January 26th the doctor reviewed her CT scan and informed us that the treatment was not working, and in fact one tumor grew larger and the other tumors had no change."
In addition to her sister, Raiola is survived by her son, Anthony Donofrio; her daughter, Raquel Donofrio; and six grandchildren.
The cameras rolled as she detailed her discovery of Stage 2 throat cancer and, later, the removal of a lemon-size tumor from her throat.
She also documented a medical visit in which a doctor told her she had to have a biopsy on her lung. A longtime smoker, she was frank about how difficult it was for her to kick the habit.
Ms. Raiola discussed her condition on the “Dr. Oz” show broadcast Tuesday, revealing that she had Stage 4 lung and brain cancer.
“I was smoking for 40 years,” she said. “I think whoever smokes should quit, and if they didn’t start, don’t start.”