The funeral for Angela “Big Ang” Raiola united the seemingly un-unitable “Mob Wives” clan in Brooklyn, New York, as thousands turned out to pay their respects to the heart of the popular VH1 reality series.
The 55-year-old reality star passed away on Thursday after a long and arduous battle with cancer.
Neil Murphy, Big Ang’s estranged husband, was spotted outside Scarpaci Funeral Home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where the reality star’s services were held.
Entertainment Tonight reported that Murphy looked, “visibly upset.”
Seen at the funeral, according to the entertainment talk show, were Raiola’s “Mob Wives” co-stars Drita D’Avanzo, Carla Facciolo and Renee Graziano.
The funeral home was besieged by fans of the reality star, who lined up down the block from the funeral home in order to pay their respects to the larger-than-life personality.
Just days before her death, an episode Raiola taped of “The Dr. Oz Show” aired where the reality star said she had begun smoking at a young age.
Raiola died from Stage 4 brain cancer and lung cancer.
“I think the big legacy she’s leaving us, the big reason she came on the show, was to make sure everyone knew that cigarettes had taken her life,” Dr. Mehmet Oz told ET.
“She started young, like so many, but like so many, by the time she realized she didn’t want to smoke anymore, it was too late to stop — at least she felt that way,” remarked Oz.
In a statement to Hollywood Life, “Mob Wives” creator Jennifer Graziano said of the death of her friend Big Ang, “I am saddened to say that At 3:01 am Ang lost her battle with cancer,” Graziano remarked.
“She passed peacefully surrounded by friends and family. My heart is broken for her whole family – especially her children and grandchildren and I will never forget her. Her presence brought sheer happiness to anyone that was around her and I am honored to have called her a friend. Please respect her family’s privacy at this time as they mourn the loss of such an amazing woman,” Graziano concluded.