Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola's Life in Pictures | BORN INTO DRAMA | Born Angela Raiola, "Big Ang" was raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her uncle Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi was the captain of the Genovese crime family, one of the "Five Families" that control the mafia in New York City. Lombardi died in prison in 2009.
Cast members of reality TV series 'Mob Wives' Renee Graziano, Drita D'Avanzo and Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola (1960-2016) visit 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on January 20, 2012 in New York City.
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<p>Angela “Big Ang” Raiola’s outsize personality earned her a hardcore following among viewers of VH1’s Mob Wives. After battling cancer (she was a lifelong smoker) — (Pictured) Big Ang VH1’s “Big Ang” Portrait Session in 2012 in the borough of Staten Island New York City. (Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images) </p>
Mob Wives star Angela Raiola, better known as "Big Ang," passed away early Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer. The reality TV star's friend, Vinnie Medugno, confirmed the sad news with a message on her Twitter page, writing,
Beloved Mob Wives Star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola Has Passed Away. Loved her on the show, definitely the mama of the group! Big Ang held her own but thought of everyone else before herself, R.I.P. Big Ang...