Raiola was fighting throat, lung, and brain cancer at the time of her death.
Riola’s friend Vinnie Medugno released a statement on her Twitter page, saying, "It is with sad regret that we inform you that at 3:01 a.m. Angelia Raiola peacefully ended her battle with cancer, and was called home.”
Vinnie continued, "She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and the closest friends. YOU, (her fans) were some of the most special people in the world, and she loved you immensely. Thank you for your love, prayers, and unconditional support of Angela right to the very end."
"She truly went out richer than any monetary value could ever amount to. The family asks for privacy and peace during this most difficult time. In typical Big Ang fashion, we knew she would say 'Love you my babies!' This page will remain open as a celebration of who she was and will always be,” Vinnie closed.
Angela's friend Jeannie Detore also posted some final photos of her on Instagram.
And that's where you'll always find us ... Right by your side👩❤️👩. You are our beautiful angel that is bigger than life. I will never encounter another human being so selfless like you. You're one of a kind. Even on your worst days, you always wanted to know how I was doing or feeling. I know you will give me the strength to fulfill one of your wishes that you were begging for. You weren't just an aunt to me, you were my big sister, my best friend, and a role model. A week ago you texted me that we needed to go to bora bora,I don't care if I go all by myself because I know you'll be right by my side. I love you more than you'll ever know😔💔💔💔. My heart is broken, but I know you're in peace now my biggest best angel💕 ... I miss you already. I miss how we would goof off together, shop together, or gang up on my mom when she didn't agree with us! I miss every single thing about you.
The sad confirmation came just a few hours after her death was announced prematurely, followed by a clarification that she was alive and "fighting for her life."
Angela is survived by husband Neil Murphy, two kids, and six grandchildren.