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Hundreds Attend Funeral for 'Mob Wives' Star Big Ang

The reality star, whose real name is Angela Raiola, died last week after a yearlong battle with brain and lung cancer

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    Hundreds of mourners turned out to a Brooklyn church Monday to pay respects to mob wives star Big Ang, who died last week after a yearlong battle with stage 4 brain and lung cancer.

    Family, friends and fans paid respects and said last rites for the 55-year-old, whose real name is Angela Raiola,  at a funeral Mass at the Basilica of Regina Pacis in Dyker Heights at 9:30 a.m. She was set to be buried at a cemetery on Staten Island later on Monday.

    Raiola died early on Thursday at a hospital in Brooklyn. The mother of two and grandmother of six had undergone several surgeries since she was diagnosed last March with throat and lung cancer. 

    In a tearful interview on "The Dr. Oz Show" last month, Raiola said her family was her reason to keep fighting. 

    "I look at my kids and my grandchildren and I know how much they need me," Raiola told Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the syndicated TV series.

    The native New Yorker's hair, once long and dark, was pale and cut close-shaven in anticipation to losing it to chemo.

    Raiola was the niece of the late Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, who was a reputed captain of the Genovese crime family.

    After gaining celebrity on "Mob Wives," Raiola got her own spinoff series, "Big Ang" and "Miami Monkey."

    In a message posted to Raiola's Twitter account, a social media representative asked that donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.