Mob Wives Big Ang Dies of Cancer

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Mob Wives star Big Ang died in the early hours of Thursday, February 18, after battling stage IV lung and brain cancer, her friend Vinnie Medugo confirmed via the star's Twitter account, on behalf of her family. The reality personality was 55.

 Twitter post from Vinnie Medugno

Twitter post from Vinnie Medugno

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Raiola was diagnosed with throat cancer last year in March after doctors discovered a lemon-sized tumor. After two surgeries, she thought she was in the clear only to be diagnosed later with stage IV lung and brain cancer.

  “One day I was perfectly fine, thinking I had strep throat, the next thing I know I have stage II cancer,” Raiola recalled to Dr. Oz during an interview that aired on Tuesday, February 16. "It's shocking what happened. First I thought I was cancer-free and I was gonna have a big celebration, have a party, and then a month later I had stage IV.”