Sad news!

Angela Raiola, otherwise known as “Big Ang,” passed away after a year-long battle with throat cancer. Her Instagram reported her official passing early in the morning on Feb. 17.


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The “Mob Wives” star had recently appeared on Dr. Oz and discussed the state of her health, revealing that doctors had only given her a 30% chance of survival from her stage 4 throat cancer. Ang also had revealed that not only was the cancer in her throat, but it had spread to her lungs and brain as well.

Though she made a vow to remain positive, she did express her fears over dying so soon and leaving behind her children and grandchildren.

“Sometimes I feel like I’m going to be fine and sometimes I just don’t think I am,” Ang revealed to Dr. Oz.

Around 3:01 AM ET on Thursday, February 18th, 2016, a family member confirmed via Twitter that Ang had passed away. She was 55-years-old.

Rest in peace, Big Ang.

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