Angela "Big Ang" Raiola

'Mob Wives' star Big Ang doesn't have long to live. The 55-year-old reality TV star is hospitalized with stage 4 lung and brain cancer. She is in constant pain and her family has created a GoFundme page to collect $25,000 to pay for cannabis oil pain medicine which isn't covered by regular insurance.

Big Ang, whose real name is Angela Raiola, is the niece of deceased mob figure Salvatore Lombardi.

Raiola was diagnosed with throat cancer in early 2015. After undergoing surgery to remove the tumor, the cancer returned aggressively in December 2015. The cancer has now spread to her brain and lungs.

Raiola's Staten Island bar, The Drunken Monkey, was the backdrop for the 2nd season of VH1's popular reality series Mob Wives.

Raiola's popularity on the show led to a spin-off, Big Ang, in 2012. But due to low ratings VH1 only aired 10 episodes. Big Ang returned to the small screen as star of another VH1 spin-off titled Miami Monkey, which premiered in late 2013.

Raiola and her husband of 7 years, Neil Murphy, 41, appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap and Couples Therapy together.

Sensitive about her looks, Raiola underwent a series of radical plastic surgery procedures, including facelifts, breast implants, liposuction, a tummy tuck, and lip fillers, to name a few.

Photo: Doug Meszler / Splash News

  • RobKardashianLovesChocolate

    My baby. This is so sad i love Big Ang.

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Well, now she can do a new Dog the Bounty Hunter spin-off, to get some funds.

  • LeBrick James

    Sad to see.
    Looks like Big Ang is going to be seeing Jesus pretty soon.

  • Milani

    The 55-year-old reality TV star is hospitalized with stage 4 lung and brain cancer. She is in constant pain...
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    God, I hope she finds peace soon. I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

  • nucynu25

    Aww

  • LeBrick James

    I'm surprised she hasnt been given Oxycontin. I thought that normally helps with this type of severe pain.

  • Buttercup

    Goodness gracious! She's a hoot on the show and my favorite Mob Wife.

  • softness1

    I love Big Ang.. She's the only one not with the drama.. fuck cancer

  • ChocolateBeauty

    Me too LOL

  • ChocolateBeauty

    I love the show I'm a huge fan God bless u ang

  • That’s Interesting

    That's very sad. God bless her.

  • LibraGirlonly

    I like Big Ang and I hope she beats this cancer. It went from her throat to her brain and lungs wow.

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    I don't know any of these people.

  • Carrington

    I've always wondered if Big Ang is one of Marge Simpson's sustas... Get well, Ang. Get well.

  • Orchidjones

    So Sorry Big ang...such a nice spirit she has... I am seeing too many people succumb to this beast!. There has to be a better day and a cure!

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    Fawk Cancer.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Or Morphine. But Morphine will take you out of this life quickly. That's what happened to my niece. She was only 19. She went to the ER one night complaining of pain, in sickle cell crisis. The ER doctor thought she was drug seeking. Sent her home that same night on Morphine. She never woke up the next morning. The hospital settled quickly with my sister.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Sorry for the loss of your niece!

  • Auditor

    Yea morphine is for end of life care...turn up the drip and die peacefully.

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    That's why all drugs should be legal...

  • Buttercup

    My condolences.

  • nucynu25

    So u just want ppl to in pain huh ? Fuk they feelings

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    What?

  • nucynu25

    Oh ish my bad I thought u said illegal .. lol sorry luv

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    No...I didn't. #focusup

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    You gon' make them eggs cheesy with them grits or nah?"

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    -SADS-

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    This is so sad.. I just had a co-workers wife who died of cancer..they had 2 little boys..I have a question.. Is it when you have surgery in one area for cancer..does cancer cells break free and metastasize elsewhere? Ive seen too many people with cancer in one area..have surgery and a few months later it crops up throughout the body. @sandrarose help me understand this

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Her elbows are cartoonish.
    I can't stand pointy elbows. #justblaze

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Well from what I know , sometimes the treatment can cause the patient to develop a different kind of cancer. In my opinion nutrition should be apart of the treatment, not just drugs. Alkalizing the body and making it less acidic can help with getting rid of the cancer cells.

  • Candance

    When the prescribed my mom Morphine I knew it was over... she lived for 6 weeks.

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    oh okay.. i have always wondered why that happens in some cases.

  • Afiya

    Aww, I feel for her, pray she can recover with this cannabis oil.

  • LeBrick James

    Wow. So sad.

    Its a travesty how many people die every year in this country just from doctor/hospital neglect or incompetence.

  • SameoleJ

    Prayers up, Big Ang!!

  • LeBrick James

    When its time for me to go I hope I just go quickly.
    Having it drag out for months, being in constant pain must be just unbearable.

  • ChocolateBeauty

    Yea I agree and peacefully in my sleep

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Ironically, today I saw the little boy that called me Big Ang last week. Her plastic surgery makes me double take and wonder how did she get to that point and where did it begin mentally, but what episodes of the show I did see I always thought she was likable.

  • ChocolateBeauty

    Lol u dnt watch mob wives I see

  • Buttercup

    It's so exhausting sitting at this desk pretending to work and be busy.

  • i troll it like i see it

    She is the sweetest person on mobwives...this is sad.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    The blood and lymph nodes are great transportation systems. In later stages of cancers this is more common because the tumors are bigger. Typically you wouldn't call metasized cancer with a new name based on the cancer. I would suspect these are new cancers.

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    I don't watch any reality shows really.

    I remember I went to go see Jim Jones. And it dawned on me, most people were there because he was on TV. Not because he had a hot single out.

  • Mel

    I love big Ang this is so sad

  • Guess Who

    Sad, I actually like Big Ang on the show. Good thing she has family and friends that love her dearly and are trying to make her transition as comfortable as possible.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Prayers for my fave Big Ang

  • SandrasNewFave

    I can't stand meaty elbows.

  • RobKardashianLovesChocolate

    Ikr? Constant torture isn't life.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    ??? Why did he call you big Ang? You sure he didn't say pants, as in drawls? You have put on a little weight. No shade?

  • i troll it like i see it

    Yes me too...poor ang!

  • Futuredocdonte

    ?????? No Big Ang

    Y'all leave them cigarettes alone

  • jeniefrumdablocâ„¢

    Hate cancer yo .... Big Ang is a sweetie <3 Really seem like she has a good spirit... Get well Ang <3

  • RobKardashianLovesChocolate

    Unfortunately the water we bathe in and the air we breathe plus the chemicals in our food gonna take us out worse than cigarettes. Now they created a Zika virus to stop us from wanting children.
    Its getting real out chea gur.

  • LibraGirlonly

    I have no idea. My cousin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at stage three a few months ago and After treatment she is cancer free. I was afraid she wouldn't make it but she did. She still has to see the doctor every month and from there every three mos.

  • RobKardashianLovesChocolate

    The good always gotta die ?

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Sad, I love me some big Ang. She showed a photo from back in the day she was pretty.

  • RobKardashianLovesChocolate

    She still is beautiful. I love her i want a friend like her.

  • AprilRain

    Aw man,,, that is sad news to hear. I hope she don't suffer much. ?

  • Sucker Free

    Hay doc, how do u feel about cigarettes being legal and marijuana being illegal, from medical standpoint?

  • Sucker Free

    If u care to share of course

  • LibraGirlonly

    Wow I'm sorry to hear that Sandra. I was reading an article last week about the precription drug problem in the U S they are saying more whites are addicted to pain medication because when they go to the doctor for pain meds they are given to them without a problem whereas African Americans are not because they think we want to sell the drugs .

  • mela.reign77

    Sad to hear this, Cancer sucks! Praying for her!

  • RobKardashianLovesChocolate

    I know Drita is sick right now. She loves her Big Ang. I couldn't imagine losing a sister-friend like this. Stuff like this is why I dont want to love anyone because I cant accept losing them. ?

    I pray she finds peace and is forgiven for all her sins before she passes. This is so sad.

  • Afiya

    Population control.

  • Molly Church

    Sad?. Wonder why the need 2 create A "Gofundme Pg. Aren't these people Well Off? & have family & Friends that are 2?

    Seems very suspect & "Embarrassing ?

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    The recession ain't working huh...

  • Gabriella Greentree

    As tan as she is i thought melanoma would be an issue as well. But them cigs are a bitch. My grandfather smoked mannnny years and died from lung cancer that spread to his brain. ? my mother still smokes ciggawets and she's a nurse so she def. knows better. I quit smoking tobacco but me and Mary Jane are still close friends. ??

  • https://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    People with money, spend other people's money.

  • Milani

    New Post - PICS!!!

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    If the Zika virus was created to keep blacks from procreating, why wasn't it released in Chicago, Detroit and New York instead of Brazil?

  • Futuredocdonte

    It's backwards as hell ain't it. Cigarettes haven't been proven to aide in any medics recover and are linked to hundreds of diseases, marijuana (even though I don't personally partake) is beginning to show its benefits. Unless someone finds a way to package and sell (so it can be taxed) u won't see it on the Market

  • RobKardashianLovesChocolate

    With all these epidemics I sense that we are headed to a virtual world where there is no human to human contact just online to human contact. Like the Matrix how everything was going on through his chip.

  • RobKardashianLovesChocolate

    Not just blacks. I think its for all people of all races that arent the 1%. To them we are useless eaters and unimportant.

  • SG

    This is sad. Damn.

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    This is really sad... I really love ha (her)!

  • LeBrick James

    It's even harder on Fridays!

  • LeBrick James

    yup.
    Dying alone must be the worst thing.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I've been hearing that. We're talking about Marijuana that isn't mixed with anything?

  • GuestSTAR

    Wow, sorry to hear about this. I've only seen her on Couple's Therapy and she seems like a nice lady. Can't help but wonder if all that cosmetic surgery somehow contributed to her diagnosis.
    Hope she pulls through, but stage 4 ain't no joke, BRAIN & LUNG???? Usually, docs just wanna make sure your comfortable at that point, SMH.

  • WetPntees

    Why won't she just get one of her Mob homies to go hunt down, torture and kick cancers azz....

  • SG

    Who knows? It has its origin in Uganda. Like most of these other diseases that cause widespread panic amongst the masses. They test stuff in Africa first. SMH

  • LeBrick James

    Just makes you appreciate life.
    Makes you want to make sure you make every day count.

  • LeBrick James

    I'd guess the cigarettes would be to blame before the plastic surgery.

  • SG

    She's worth about 5 million. Medical bills can skyrocket quickly though. Idk

  • RobKardashianLovesChocolate

    Maybe the breast implants contributed to something. Those things grow all kinds of bacteria and parasites when you get saline and the silcone ruptures and you have free flowing silicone traveling to other parts of your body and dont even know it. Doctors know it but are staying silent because of how lucrative the breast implant business is.

  • Futuredocdonte

    Yea none of that mess mixed with embalming fluid or angle dust or whatever the hell they are doing these days

  • Gabriella Greentree

    I didnt say anything about plastic surgery. I was referencing her obvious love for tanning and how it negatively affects skin cells which leads to skin cancer.

  • LeBrick James

    First off...just because her friends have money doesnt mean she has money.

    Besides, many people end up using up all their savings for medical treatments when they find themselves dealing with a deadly disease.

  • LeBrick James

    sorry, replied to the wrong post.

    Was replying to guestSTAR's post above.

  • LeBrick James

    I'd guess the cigarettes would be to blame before the plastic surgery.

  • RobKardashianLovesChocolate

    They forced her to closed down her business because shes a felon and they're not allowed to run bars. Couple that with bills and having stage four cancer trying to survive it aint pretty. Shes spending money every month while nothing is coming in.

  • Sucker Free

    Its mad suspect considering tobacco and cancer drugs/treatment are such big moneymakers. Alcohol too wreaks much havoc, its crazy backwards

    Imma just blaze on that note

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    See thats what I was thinking. It is being moved through the body through the blood and lymphs.

  • Missy

    Love me some big ang.....so sad

  • nucynu25

    Is you really bout that action or nah ?

  • JerseyMom

    Wow, her family had to set up a gofund me? Blank stare. Where are the production company and @VH1? This is so sad.

  • AnonymousRose

    Call Dr. Sebi. I take his products I swear that stuff works, but I also watch what I eat, I had to get rid of Animals all together, GET OFF MILK whole milk 2%, 1% ,.. you human you should not be drinking animals DNA it was killing my body inside, Whatever they Fed these animals you eating too, and its not made for you......Again put down them Water roaches, (Lobsters)Shrimps, crabs, etc.........................LET it GO MY PEOPLE

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Aha! ? NO! ?? He didn't say big drawls. I should have known there would be one to come after me. It would be you. Just for that I will be ejecting you from the Stephanie Mills Presidential level fan club to the LeBron James Just for Men Hair club entry level.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Yeah that's what I thought, but some theses folks that smoke that crap haven't grasp that yet.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    ??? I love Steph?

  • RobKardashianLovesChocolate

    The elites about to stop all that too. Theyre killing all soil. Even Raw Vegetarians about to feel it. Its so sad.

  • Buttercup

    Hahaha. I'm just waiting to hear when my next interview is.

  • GTFOHWTBS

    Not getting a dime from me.

  • TheRealLee

    This is not good. Canabis works on some symptoms but hardly a curative drug. I hope she is getting some relief but it does not look good for her.

  • Sucker Free

    Which equates to a heroin problem when they cant get the pain meds

    Its a jungle out here

  • BLACK LOVE

    All that plastic surgery probably didn't help or did contribute to the cancer..hopefully she gets better

  • LibraGirlonly

    What do you eat?

  • LibraGirlonly

    Yes that is what the article was talking about. Why are so many whites addicted to Heroin and it's because of the pain meds.

  • PhenomenalWomanThatIsMe

    Why spend theirs, when they can spend yours? I'm sure these people have money. They have mob money, reality show money, spin-off money ... Someone is pocketing the GoFundMe money.

  • Saharabutnotdry

    Truth!!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    My heart goes out to them. Live laugh and love.

  • TheWildChild

    ???She's worth $15mil' and has a GoFundme to pay for an alternative drug therapy? ?

  • Zumbatiffani

    So sad. Prayers going up.

  • Meme81

    I don't like most of the women on that show, but she seems cool. I hope she's able to get a miracle soon.

  • AnonymousRose

    Lots of fruits, plenty of veggies...but I had to train my mind to stick with it...its not easy....but my body now only wants veggies, fruits, the fish was harrrrd to let go.....bt I'm cleaning my mind as well, but I feel so good. Energy wise. Sleep wise, my thoughts are more clearer, I'm able to really meditate, so it worked for me.

  • Sleepy One

    Awe man, sorry for you family's loss that is really sad Sandra.

  • Sleepy One

    Mine to, I am so sad about this.

  • Sleepy One

    From what I've heard that as soon as they cut on you it spreads.

  • Sleepy One

    Thank God! She has a purpose here on this crazy earth, God bless her.

  • Sleepy One

    Okay, the enemy stay busy!

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Once doctors open cancer patients up, and air gets in the wound, it can cause the cells to break free and spread through the blood and lymph system. It also can cause infection at the site.

  • Sleepy One

    True but the Word says to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord...there really is no better than that, we all trying to get there when our time come.

  • Kelly

    Sorry to hear that Big Ang! However, it never fails that these "celebrity" folks never save their money!

  • Sleepy One

    Yeah she loyal, can't find that these days. #needleinahaystack

  • Sleepy One

    What do you eat?

  • Sleepy One

    They want it for pain not a cure

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why would they send someone home with such a powerful and addictive sedative?
    Shouldn't they have administered it in a hospital setting to how your niece reacted to it?
    That doctor sounds beyond incompetent.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    No Ang!

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Taco Juice

    That's what happened to me. Went in for a hysterectomy to partially eliminate reproductive cancer cells from spreading. However, after several rounds of chemo, still had midsection bloating. Turned out to be a 10 LB cyst with a few pints of fluid to be drained.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    So sad to hear this. I hope you beat this Big Ang!

  • 1/8

    She's a former drug dealer who spent her youth spreading misery and pain to others. Karma.

  • TheRealLee

    I know that, but the way this is being reported and written, at least in other sites, makes it sound like this is the last attempt to deal with her cancer. Last attempt for symptoms (pain, anxiety, etc. ) but not necessarily treatment of the cancer itself.

  • Mona Lisa

    Awww, not Big Ang. Praying for your speedy recovery.

  • Michelle1953

    All those procedures and she nevermind. May God heal her

  • beba micou

    Agree. Milk is not a good source for anything ...the type of protein it contains is made for the cow or any animal who can digest the enzymes in a blade of grass....humans cannot, so we cannot utilize this type in our bodies.....the type of calcium it has is not made for our digestive system so it deposits in joints and mucles, soft tissues and in the retina of our eyes...i.e. glacoma/cataracts .....i.e. osteoporosis. ... also, an animals milk is designed for what that animal needs. So, for a cow, it's milk is designed to build its muscles and bulk up but does nothing to improve its brain function. The Bible says too, that once you're no longer an infant, you should not be drinking milk....ofcourse it was referring to breast milk so, if it advises against that, then imagine what it would say about drinking another animals milk. Since dolphins are the only mammal to use 20% of their brains-which even humans don't do- ....and are mammals, gimme some of that dolphin milk, lemme see what that dew.lol

  • leapyearpisces

    I hope you are doing better. :-)

  • leapyearpisces

    Awww man. The lobsters, shrimps, and crabs too? :-(

  • AnonymousRose

    Yes, the are no good. For you, sorry, lol

  • AnonymousRose

    So on point.with your comment About that milk, I learned not Long ago. So I'm undoing the mess I've created, years and years of poor diet, ughhhh. Lol...

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Taco Juice

    Thanks..March will make 2 years but I don't take anything for granted.

  • AnonymousRose

    I eat to live now, not live to eat, I had to train my mind that concept, it was hard...sometimes still is, but I keep moving.....trying to live long as I can and die when I just can't help it. ?

  • leapyearpisces

    I been trying for the last few months to switch to an Alkaline diet, its hard, but I know the benefits are amazing. I've read so much about it, how basically cancer / mutant cells cannot live in an Alkaline body. So let me ask you this, do you occasionally drink a cocktail here or there, or do you restrain from all alcohol?

  • leapyearpisces

    Well GOD bless!!!! Those hysterectomies are not a joke. My twins aunt died about 3 years ago 6 weeks after having one, evidently when they gave her the hysterectomy, she had UNDIAGNOSED stage 4 STOMACH CANCER (that's one of the "bad" / aggressive cancers). She had her hysterectomy early August. We lost her late September. That cancer was swift. Sad because she had a lot of kids, like 8, half were adults / late teens, but the other ones were little. I got the call on Wednesday to bring the twins to MD to see her. I was told she was still up and about, in good spirits, talking, etc. By the time we got there Saturday of the SAME week, for all intents and purposes, she was gone. :-(

  • beba micou

    Me too. My body stopped accepting milk when I was 4. After infancy, our bodies are designed to become lactose intolerant. Those of us who continue to drink milk after infancy do not become lactose intolerant, rather, we develop an immunity to the poison so that were able to consume it, but its proteins and calcium do not leave our systems and builds up; causing ailments.

  • AnonymousRose

    No I drink sometimes, just not a lot, I learn to make fruity drinks, with less alcohol.....i will have some wine,when I'm out. But once u get your body to where it need to be on the inside, you will know how much u can take, alkaline the body and your levels are good, u will be ok. Drink every so often.. Just not a lot. It eats up the good stuff u trying so hard to maintain....

  • AnonymousRose

    Yes, mucus on the brain. Its really not good for us... I cant stomach it anymore....i get sick...so my body has built up a defense against it now, which is good, cause I use to kill some good ole cereals, lol

  • leapyearpisces

    :-(....I just need to do a purge and start again. Thanks for the info even though you hurt my feelings talking about my BELOVED shellfish (LOL, I am an Eastern NC girl, we love us some seafood).. LOL

  • AnonymousRose

    Yep, purge the build up inside you, , u eventually will be disgusted with those thing, and be glad u put them away, that shell fish can do damage to us black folks body....it was never made for us..

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Taco Juice

    So sorry about your aunt. At least she was able to smile a little before transitioning. My paternal grandmother had stomach cancer and a lot of kids (like 8) before passing away.

  • leapyearpisces

    Ok, sorry to be a bug a boo, but you seem to be well versed, so.....I think I could do raw, Alkaline etc. if I lived alone, where I fall short everytime is because I have two growing teenagers that are slim Jim's. Seriously, they were premature (twins) and have always been on the low scale / underweight and they still are (they will be 14 in April). I say all this to say, I try to fatten them up, so I don't think going vegetarian / raw would be healthy for them, so I end up buying two sets of groceries, one for them, and then for me, but then that gets expensive, and I am like fugg it. So do you think switching to an Alkaline diet would stunt their growth process? I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question. I just honestly don't know.

  • JustB

    I swear this fund account thing needs to go away quickly...God bless

  • Dr.Rue

    Wow this is so sad. My mom is a big fan of Ang.

  • middleagerant42

    I'm so sorry to hear that.

  • middleagerant42

    Lord bless and keep her. But with all the shows she don't have 25k for the cannibus oil? I guess these ladies aren't making big money from doing these shows.

  • suganspice68

    I am sorry for your loss on your niece.

  • TeeTee

    I was just at Emory Midtown last night and they kept asking me do I want pain killers.... No no no...stop asking me.. I don't want your drugs!

  • AnonymousRose

    I don't think getting them healthy on the inside would ever hurt, an alkaline diet its just helping balance your PH levels so the body can run properly. Cut down on diseases, and stuff..... on their weight they could have a very high metabolism which they should at that age,so being small may be naturally their D.N.A. But I would say keep all yall on an alkaline diet, and they may gain some weight later.

  • Afiya

    Obviously not.

  • shay ski

    Love Big Ang!! Prayers to you and your family...

  • ChocolateBeauty

    Oh OK kool. Well I guess it's all about his love and hip hop fame now that's all people now know him for. Does he even rap anymore tho? Wasup with Chrissy too LOL I love her

  • Dani B.

    Wow ! terrible..so sorry this happened to your family :(

  • http://www.gogirlastrology.com Bintu Kabba

    Im so sorry about this Big Ang is wonderful and strong willed she can fight through anything... Im just wondering why they needed a Gofundme Bc she seems to always have money esp her own.

  • esh

    oh Lord continue to bless you and fam. that is awful. My continued prayers are with you.

  • esh

    honest mistake, no need for him to go immature on ya.

  • esh

    chill, honest mistake.

  • nucynu25

    He was cool abt it. Gm luv

  • Nicole

    Wow. How sad. I'm so sorry. Life is so fragile & short. I agree that drugs should be easier to access. Prayers for all of your loved ones. They're the lucky ones. We are the ones left in this "hell" until our time. ?
    ?

  • Nicole

    I agree.
    If you're over 21 u should be able to do whatever you want. It's UR body!! That's just my opinion. I'm sure some will think I'm a fool.

  • Nicole

    I thought it read "illegal" for a sec too!!?. Lol