VH1 to Air Tribute Special for Big Ang
Angela "Big Ang" Raiola died early Thursday from cancer
VH1 will premiere a tribute special to Raiola in March, the network announced Tuesday. It will also air a marathon of her spinoff series Big Ang, which focused on her running her Staten Island bar the Drunken Monkey this week.
Raiola died Thursday after battling stage 4 lung and brain cancer. She was 55.
The mother of two and grandmother of six was laid to rest Monday after a funeral the Basilica of Regina Pacis in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
Over the weekend, mourners also paid their respects at memorial services.
“She looked like the goddess that she truly was,” Alicia DiMichele, who appeared on season 4 of Mob Wives, tells PEOPLE of seeing her friend at a viewing. “So beautiful and peaceful. At one point, I actually envisioned her looking down on all of us saying, ‘Hi, my babies,’ in her unforgettable voice. She would have loved her own services, her family did an amazing job.”
Big Ang airs at 9 p.m. ET on VH!, after Mob Wives at 8 p.m. ET