Big Ang Celebrates Being Cancer-Free on Mob Wives Months Before Tragic Death
Angela “Big Ang” Raiola though she’d been given another chance at life after beating throat and then lung cancer. Sadly, the disease spread to her other lung and brain, and the fan-favorite died Feb. 18 at the age of 55.
But Wednesday’s episode of Mob Wives captured a peak in the Staten Island bar owner’s roller-coaster year: The October day when, after removing part of her lung, her surgeon told her she wouldn’t need any further treatment for the time being.
“I’m so happy that I’m cancer-free,” Raiola, the niece of a New York gangster, told the camera. “I am not going to take life for granted anymore, because now I’ve been there. I know.”
Though her doctor warned her “there is a small chance the cancers come back,” Raiola couldn’t stop smiling during the appointment.
“I’m over the cancer word. Bye, Felicia,” she joked.
“I’m going to live the fullest every day,” she added in a confessional. “I’m not gonna be mean, yell at anybody or nasty. I’m going to be very nice.”
Earlier in the episode, Raiola reflected on her relationship with husband Neil Murphy, who she left at the end of her cancer fight but remained by her bedside in her final hours and attended her funeral, professing his love for her on social media after she passed.
“I woke up and I was in so much pain,” she said of her operation. “Without Neil, I never could have did this. He was sleeping on the chair every night.”
The Mob Wives series finale airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on VH1.