04:24 PM EDT 05/03/2016
Originally posted 05/03/2016 09:40AM
VH1 announced Tuesday that the model, author and feminist activist – whose candid chat with PEOPLE features in this week's issue, on newsstands Friday – has landed a weekly talk show that will take on pop culture hot topics and feature celebrity interviews.
Originally posted 03/16/2016 11:10AM
As PEOPLE previously reported, an ailing but "all dolled up" Raiola taped about half of the 10-hour shoot, a tribute to the show wrapping up after six seasons.
Raiola, the niece of New York gangster Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, died two weeks later. She was 55.
Originally posted 03/10/2016 09:20AM
Despite Angela "Big Ang" Raiola's on-screen clashes with her husband Neil Murphy, he insists the two were very much in love when she died of stage 4 cancer Feb. 18 at the age of 55.
"I was there at the end. 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,' " he told Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday. "She didn't want me there, I didn't want to argue with a sick person. I was on the phone with her every day. I talked to her before chemo, after chemo. When she had a couple of procedures done, she was in the hospital for a day, I was there. So, I wouldn't call it estranged. It was just, you know, she was going through a rough time and she, I guess, took it out on me. And I wasn't going to fight with her. I didn't walk away."
Big Ang Leaves Husband in Mob Wives Finale – but Creator Jennifer Graziano Says 'She Loved Him' When She Died
Originally posted 03/09/2016 11:30AM
So it's a heartbreaking but fitting twist of fate that Raiola died after wrapping the series' sixth and final season at the age of 55. The last batch of episodes chronicled her battle with stage 4 brain and lung cancer, and PEOPLE has an exclusive clip of the former bar owner vowing to never stop fighting in the finale.
"I f---ing hate cancer. They say it kicks the s--- out of you. I gotta kick the s--- out of it," she says with her signature sass before taking a somber tone. "But I don't know if I could. This might be a rough one."
Originally posted 03/09/2016 10:30AM
Angela "Big Ang" Raiola brought big stars together for VH1's special tribute to the Mob Wives fan favorite.
Larger Than Life: A Celebration of Big Ang airs Wednesday night, and Raiola's costars – plus more celebrity pals like Andy Cohen and Kim Zolciak-Biermann – will honor her zest for life with "a party" for Raiola, who died Feb. 18 after battling stage 4 lung and brain cancer, Mob Wives creator and executive producer tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 03/08/2016 11:10AM
A few Mob Wives cast members stopped by PEOPLE Now to commemorate the late VH1 star, sharing their favorite memories of Raiola, who died Feb. 18 after battling stage 4 lung and brain cancer. She was 55.
Read Big Ang's Bittersweet Eulogy: Her 'Last Moments Were Full of Support, Dignity and Unconditional Love'
Originally posted 02/26/2016 03:40PM
More than 200 mourners gathered at the Basilica of Regina Pacis in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, on Monday for her funeral. And at her wake, pal Vinnie Medugno presented a eulogy penned by him and friend Diane Morton-Gattulo that speaks to her legacy of laughter and zest for life. At their request – and that of show creator and producer Jennifer Graziano – PEOPLE is sharing the full text below.
The final season of Mob Wives, which captures Raiola's positive spirit despite her health crisis, airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on VH1.
Originally posted 02/23/2016 02:50PM
We were rooting for you, America's Next Top Model, we were all rooting for you – and now we have VH1 to thank for your return.
The hit modeling competition series is coming back to television after being picked up by VH1 following its cancellation by the CW last October.
Originally posted 02/23/2016 02:30PM
VH1 will premiere a tribute special to Raiola in March, the network announced Tuesday. It will also air a marathon of her spinoff series Big Ang, which focused on her running her Staten Island bar the Drunken Monkey this week.
Raiola died Thursday after battling stage 4 lung and brain cancer. She was 55.
Big Ang's Funeral Details: Family Asks for Donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Lieu of Flowers
Originally posted 02/19/2016 02:45PM
Angela "Big Ang" Raiola's family is beginning the preparations to honor the late VH1 star.
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