Big Ang Is Laid to Rest: Family, Mob Wives Costars and Estranged Husband Attend Funeral
Fans, friends, family and costars flocked to the Basilica of Regina Pacis in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, on Monday to pay their respects to Raiola, who died early Thursday morning after battling stage 4 cancer in her lung and brain. She was 55.
The niece of a late N.Y.C. crime captain is survived by two children, six grandchildren and her estranged husband Neil Murphy, who attended the service.
In her final interview, Raiola insisted she “would rather be alone” because Murphy “never stepped up to the plate.” But after six years of marriage, the Staten Island sanitation worker was by the former bar owner’s hospital bedside in her final hours.
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“He’s part of her life,” friend Carla Facciolo told PEOPLE last week. “He’s still her husband, you know? I don’t know if they got back together, but to Ang, when she throws somebody off her for a little bit, they’re always back in. She takes in people.”
After Raiola passed, Murphy, 43, tweeted, “I will always love you forever please watch over the grandkids I know you will.”
Renee Graziano, who appeared on Mob Wives for all six seasons, was photographed looking somber while leaving the church.
“Heaven just got BIGGER AND BIGGER,” she tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.”
Adds costar Karen Gravano: “I’m sure she’s looking over all of us wanting us to celebrate her life, and right now she probably in heaven drinking shots of Patron. She will be missed terribly.”
The final season of Mob Wives – which chronicles Raiola’s health crisis – airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on VH1.