“Mob Wives” star Angela “Big Ang” Raiola knew that her life was ending and wanted to make sure her brothers and sisters were with her before she took her final breath. Her sister, Janine Detore, opened up about the VH1 reality star’s final moments with Radar Online Friday.
Even though her health had deteriorated, Big Ang waited for her seven siblings to get to the hospital. "She kept saying, 'I'm ready and I'm at peace with my passing,'" Raiola's sister said. "We all stood by her and she waited three hours to pass," Detore said, adding their out-of-state brother got to the hospital at midnight.
As for her final wishes, Big Ang did not want to be buried in a grave. "She wanted to be in the wall and doesn't want to be [buried] in the dirt," her sister explained. "She was claustrophobic." She also “wanted to look beautiful," Detore said, "and she is beautiful."
But one thing Detore wasn’t able to fulfill for her sister was writing letters to Big Ang’s close family and friends. "I couldn't accept her dying," Detore said. "I am probably going to regret it for the rest of my life… She knew it was coming, but I couldn't accept it."
Big Ang’s loved ones will mourn her for three days, Hollywood Life wrote. There will be two days for the wake at Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn, and then a private funeral Monday at Basilica of Regina Pacis in Staten Island. Her “Mob Wives” costars are expected to attend.
VH1 reality stars like Drita Davanzo, Renee Graziano and Karen Gravano sent their condolences to their friend and co-star online.
Words we should live by .. pic.twitter.com/ZeWqv9Qist
— Renee Graziano (@reneegraziano) February 19, 2016
Completely heartbroken _ this has been an emotional roller coaster for you, your family and the people that love you but throughout it all you never let this fucking disease take your spirit ...you woke up every day and fought with amazing courage & dignity and looked beautiful doing it... nobody knows the true definition of being tough until they watch someone fight the battle you just did _I admire your strength and courage!!!! Right up until the very end you laughed joked and made sure everyone around you was OK...You have a heart of gold my friend The amount of people that came together to support you speaks volumes of how much you are truly loved and respected.... You are an amazing soul and I am blessed to have had you in my life...rest in paradise Angel _ you will forever be loved & missed ___ #fuckcancer
Big Ang died early Thursday morning after a battle with lung and brain cancer. She was 55.
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