Angela Raiola, "Big Ang," passed away during the night surrounded by her loved ones. She was only 55 and taken from this world much too soon. The outpouring of grief in social media was like none I have seen before. Ang was no ordinary television reality star, she touched millions of lives and many of them were devastated to hear she was losing her battle with cancer last night.
It seems like it was just yesterday that Big Ang, and her bigger than life personality, first graced our television screens. She was instantly loved by fans of the show. No one could get enough of her. Even people who never watched Mob Wives, fell in love with her and her unique sense humor. Big Ang was a "peacemaker," she didn't like arguing or conflict. Everything about Ang was BIG, but the biggest part of her, the part we couldn't see . . . was her heart.
Ang loved her family more than anything and she fought this disease with everything she had. It was a long hard year for her. Now her battle is over and she is at peace. She is a special angel in heaven looking down and protecting her loved ones.
Last night, as I watch my Twitter timeline fill up with sadness, I began to see fans who loved Ang putting up their own pictures. Pictures they had taken with Ang when they met her. Here are just a few of them: