‘Mob Wives’ star Angela ‘Big Ang’ Raiola dies after battle with cancer

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NEW YORK -- Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, the star of VH1's "Mob Wives," died early Thursday morning after losing her battle with stage 4 cancer, according to her Twitter account.

"It is with sad regret that we inform you that at 3:01 a.m. Angela Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home," Vinnie Medugno posted on Raiola's Twitter feed on behalf of her family.

"She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and closest friends.

There were false reports that Raiola had died Wednesday night. A tweet posted to her official Twitter account dispelled rumors that the 55-year-old died.

The “Mob Wives” matriarch began chemotherapy in early January for stage 4 brain and lung cancer. Weeks later, a doctor’s prognosis showed that chemotherapy wasn’t working.

Raiola appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Tuesday to talk about her hopes and depression as she battled cancer.

It’s destroying me,” Raiola said. “Instead of it getting better, it’s getting worse.”

"Mob Wives" follows a group of Staten Island women and their families. The cast members, who usually live tweet during episodes, were silent Wednesday night.

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