VH1’s “Mob Wives” star Big Ang died early Thursday at age 55 after a battle with stage 4 brain and lung cancer.
“It is with sad regret that we inform you that at 3:01 a.m. Angela Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home,” Vinnie Medugno posted on Raiola’s Twitter on behalf of her relatives.
“She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and closest friends,” he wrote.
The announcement was made after numerous false reports about the reality star’s death Wednesday night.
Earlier this week, Raiola was a guest on the “Dr. Oz” show, where she spoke about how she struggled with the illness.
“I look at my kids and my grandchildren and I know how much they need me,” she told Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the syndicated TV series.
A cigarette smoker for 40 years, she said she stopped immediately after her first cancer diagnosis last March.
She had undergone several surgeries since she was diagnosed with throat and lung cancer.
Raiolo said she was twice declared cancer-free, only to see it return and spread.
Raiola is the niece of the late Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi, who was a reputed captain of the Genovese crime family.
“Mob Wives” follows a group of Staten Island women and their families.