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So sad :(

Angela “Big Ang” Raiola, star of VH1 reality show Mob Wives, died early Thursday morning at the age of 55. She passed away in a New York City hospital among friends and family, after nearly a year-long battle with throat cancer.

Big Ang at Big Ang NY screening

Source: Robin Marchant / Getty

Raiola’s family broke the news of her death to her fans from her Twitter account, writing that she had “peacefully ended her battle with cancer.”

“YOU (fans) were some of the most special people in her world, and she loved you immensely,” the statement attached to the tweet reads. “Thank you for your love, prayers, and unconditional support of Angela right to the end.”

The reality star was diagnosed in March 2015 with throat cancer that later spread to her brain and lung. When she revealed the news to her fans via Facebook, she encouraged them to take charge of their own personal health.

“Always look after yourselves and don’t neglect your health,” she wrote in April of 2015. “I’m fortunate and blessed to have discovered something very early, and handle it in a positive manner. I thank you and I love you all from the bottom of my heart.”

The world will miss your big personality and heart, Big Ang. RIP.

 

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