Mob Wives Star Angela ‘Big Ang’ Raiola Dead at 55

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Mob Wives star Angela "Big Ang" Railoa has died at 55, her family confirms, following several early false reports. The reality personality and popular Staten Island figure died Thursday morning after a nearly yearlong battle with throat, lung, and brain cancers. Earlier this month, Big Ang's sister started a GoFundMe to pay for alternative treatment after informing fans that recent chemotherapy treatments for stage-four cancer were unsuccessful. Railoa, the niece of Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, who was captain of the Genovese crime family, had appeared on Mob Wives since 2012. She later starred in two VH1 spinoffs, Big Ang and Miami Monkey. Railoa was also known as the charismatic barkeep of Staten Island's Drunken Monkey, which she owned for seven years until its closure in 2015, and expanded it to a second location in Miami, as documented in one of her spinoffs. She is survived by her husband Neil Murphy, two children, and six grandchildren.