“Mob Wives” star loses cancer battle

Angela Raiola (pictured), the star of VH1 reality series Mob Wives, has died following a battle with throat cancer.
February 18, 2016
Angela Raiola, the star of VH1 reality series Mob Wives, has died following a battle with cancer.

The 55-year-old TV personality passed away early Thursday (February 18) morning, according to a statement released by Raiola’s family on her Twitter page.

She was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and underwent a number of surgeries. Her family created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for her medical fees earlier this month, and an episode of The Dr. Oz Show featuring the star aired on Tuesday (February 16).

“She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and closest friends,” reads the statement from Raiola’s family. “You – her fans – were some of the most special people in her world, and she loved you immensely.

“Thank you for your love, prayers, and unconditional support of Angela right to the very end,” the statement continued. “She truly went out richer than any monetary value could ever amount to.”

Mob Wives debuted on VH1 in April 2011, and is now in its sixth and final season. Raiola joined the series during its second season, and in 2012 starred in the VH1 spin-off series The Big Ang Show.

VH1 confirmed the news on its website and social media platforms. The network informed fans it would continue to update them with information about Raiola’s passing, adding, “We’re taking comfort in one of our favorite Ang quotes that speaks to the way she lived her life and is making us smile on this devastating day: ‘I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time!’”

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