Neil Murphy, husband of "Mob Wives" star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, is speaking out amid claims he left her to fight cancer alone. Prior to her Feb. 18 death, Big Ang appeared on "The Dr. Oz Show" where she said her hubby abandoned her. Murphy strongly disputes those claims.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight he said he was by Big Ang's side to the bitter end. Murphy told the publication he was at every procedure his wife underwent and didn't leave the hospital during her final two days. He told ET that, in his opinion, they weren't "'estranged'" at all.
"I was there at the end," he said. "I never left her side. I went to every procedure — even though she didn't want me, I went. I was there at the hospital for the last two days with her. I mean, to me, we weren't 'estranged.'"
Murphy and Big Ang's marital problems played out on the final season of "Mob Wives," which wrapped on Wednesday. In Season 6, episode 10 the Staten Island, New York, celebrity cut ties with her husband. Their separation came after she had expressed on more than one occasion that he was not being supportive enough. The episode was followed by an hour-long special dedicated to Big Ang titled "Larger Than Life: A Celebration of Big Ang." The show brought together reality stars, musicians and more to look back on the life of the "Mob Wives" star.
Despite their differences, Murphy was in attendance at Big Ang's four wakes and her funeral. On Feb. 22 TMZ caught him on tape crying outside Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn, New York. In the video he assured viewers that the "Mob Wives" star "loved all her fans."
Big Ang died on Feb. 18 after a nearly one-year battle with stage 4 brain, lung and throat cancer. She was 55.