The majority of individuals lead quiet, unassuming lives, but you can’t help but run into those people with outsized personalities. One such individual was Angela Raiola.


You might recall Angela from her unforgettable portrayal of "Big Ang" in the VH1 series "Mob Wives." Tragically, this vibrant entertainer passed away at a relatively young age of 55 after a hard-fought battle against cancer. In her last interview before her untimely death in 2016, Angela divulged a regrettable truth and warned others not to repeat her mistake.

Angela "Big Ang" Raiola first appeared on the reality TV scene in 2012, instantly capturing the audience's attention with her gravelly voice and forthright demeanor. Her stint on "Mob Wives" from 2012 to 2016 saw her rise to fame, primarily because of her larger-than-life personality, which was delightfully entertaining.

Despite her brash exterior, those who knew her well spoke of her kindness and her uncanny ability to connect with those around her. With her passing on February 18, 2016, the world lost more than a popular reality TV personality. She also left behind a void in the lives of her sons and grandchildren.

Angela, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, was also the niece of the late Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, a prominent figure in the infamous Genovese crime family. Despite a brush with the law in 2001, resulting in a three-year probation sentence, she strived to support her family, showing resilience and strength.

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