'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.
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