‘Mob Wives’ Big Ang issued anti-smoking warning

Mob Wives Big Ang talked frankly with Dr. Oz on TV just a few days before her death. (Courtesy photo)

Mob Wives Big Ang talked frankly with Dr. Oz on TV just a few days before her death. (Courtesy photo)

In the last moments of her life, “Mob Wives” star Big Ang, 55, was ready to say goodbye.

Her feelings were communicated to her sister Janine Detoure, who told Us Weekly she died peacefully at 3:01 a.m. Thursday surrounded by family and friends,

“She was so at peace with death, She was OK with it. She said she didn’t want to live being on the medicine, doing all that. She didn’t want to do that. And she said, ‘If it’s my time, it’s my time, just tell me. I want to spend my time with the grandchildren and with my family.’ She wanted to be home and all that,” Detoure said.

Born Angela Raiola, the TV personality had been battling two forms of cancer, as well as a second bout of pneumonia. She was first diagnosed with throat cancer last March after doctors discovered a lemon-sized tumor.

Two surgeries later, it was thought she was in the clear, but doctors later diagnosed the reality star with stage IV lung and brain cancer.

Her final public interview was on “Dr. Oz” on Tuesday, and the show’s host Mehmet Oz said he thought she seemed “scared.”

He issued a warning, too, mentioning to a number of media outlets that she knew it was cigarettes that killed her.


Characters inspired by Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos and Barbara Walters will populate the world of “Satan’s Sisters,” a new drama coming to VH1 that’s loosely based on Jones’ time as a co-host on “The View.”

Spiteful bloggers already are commenting that the faux show may very well get better ratings than the current incarnation of the real thing.

However, the folks at E! Online handily have suggested a few possible story lines, including Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck sparring over politics; Danny DeVito’s drunken appearance; Sherri Shepherd saying she didn’t believe in evolution; “Saturday Night Live” parodies showcasing the talent of Cheri Oteri (as Walters) and Tracy Morgan (as Jones); and Whoopi Goldberg and Behar walking off the set after Bill O’Reilly said a mosque should not be be built near New York’s ground zero because “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”


Stern Grove Festival will present Janelle Monae in the fifth-annual benefit “Big Picnic” concert on June 19; the rest of the 79th summer season of free concerts will be announced in May. … San Francisco bartender Vincent Toscano (of Rye) is among the semifinalists competing in Bacardi and the U.S. Bartenders Guild’s Legacy Cocktail Competition focusing on rum drinks.


S.F. 49er Mike Davis is 23. … Actress Victoria Justice is 23. … Actor Benicio Del Toro is 49. … Singer Seal is 53. … Actor Jeff Daniels is 61. … Singer Smokey Robinson is 76.

— Wire report

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