“Mob Wives” star Karen Gravano was supposedly banned from attending the wake for Angela “Big Ang” Raiola in Staten Island, New York, over the weekend — but that doesn’t mean she didn’t say goodbye to her in her own way. Gravano, along with her other VH1 costars, gathered at the Funky Monkey, the bar Raiola owned, to say farewell.
“We all went and celebrated Ang’s life at the Funky Monkey last night,” Gravano, 43, told Radar Online in an exclusive report Tuesday. “Carla Facciolo, Jennifer Graziano [the creator and executive producer of "Mob Wives"], Natalie Guercio and a bunch of Ang’s friends were all there.”
She famously feuded with Natalie Guercio in Season 5 of “Mob Wives” but put their “differences aside” for Raiola. “We both laughed and cried. Ang’s favorite saying was ‘Get over it,’ and we got over it because we did it in her honor,” Gravano said.
Rumors swirled over the weekend that Gravano and Season 6 costar Brittany Fogarty were banned from Raiola’s wake and funeral. But Gravano, the daughter of “Sammy the Bull,” the former mobster who famously became an FBI informant, said it was her decision not to go.
“There were people my father had history with, and I didn’t want to make it about that,” she told Radar Online in a different article. “I just wanted to respect the family and go at the time that I thought was right.” Even though she didn’t go to the wake, she made sure she was at the funeral at Basilica of Regina Pacis in Brooklyn, New York, Monday.
There has also been gossip that she and Raiola weren’t true friends, but Gravano denied that claim. “I don’t care what people think,” she said. “We had a true relationship, and that’s all that mattered.”
She was at the hospital in Staten Island when Raiola lost her battle with stage 4 brain and lung cancer. She was 55.
VH1 will air a marathon of her spinoff series “Big Ang,” after "Mob Wives" airs at 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday. A tribute special for the late reality star will debut in March, People reported Tuesday.
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