'Mob Wives' Drita D'Avanzo Overcome with Grief--Karen Gravano And Carla Facciolo Talk About Big Ang--Angela Raiola Left Behind A Legacy

Chrissie Williams

It has been a rough week for the cast of VH1 Mob Wives, as they lost a faithful friend and co-star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola to brain and lung cancer earlier in the week. Drita D'Avanzo wasn't just Big Ang's co-star, they were friends, and losing her has proven to be tough to overcome this week. Not only did Drita lose Big Ang, but her brother-in-law whom she loved dearly also passed away hours before Ang.

Radar Online reported the incredible loss of Drita's brother in law and said that Drita was struggling to come to terms with either death. Apparently, Drita was crushed by her brother-in-law's passing, and when she learned of Ang's death, she flipped out. According to the report, Drita is overcome with grief and not talking to anyone. D'Avanzo's family and friends are concerned about her well-being and aren't sure how she will overcome this. Her family thinks that she needs to relax to get the strength to overcome her grief.

Big Ang's sister, Janine Detore revealed that the Mob Wives star would call her sometimes at three or four in the morning rambling about the kids of St. Jude suffering. Apparently, when she'd see the St. Jude commercials, Big Ang would break down in anxiety about the pain these adorable children were in and believed her death would benefit them. Apparently, she may have left them a sizable donation to continue treating and researching cancer in children.

Big Ang had a heart of gold and wanted to help everyone she could in the small time she received in this world. Her only regret was her time was limited, and she wasn't able to help more people. In her final days, she appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and wanted her fans to know that her battle with cancer could have been prevented had she listened to the warnings and stopped smoking years ago. Raiola confirmed to Dr. Oz that her cigarette habit is what led to her disease. The TV host claimed that Big Ang wanted to urge all her fans to put down the cigarettes and quit, so they don't have the same future as she.

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