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Angela Raiola, Big Ang

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UPDATE: Big Ang gave an update on her condition, see her Facebook post below.

Mob Wives star Big Ang has been hospitalized to treat a throat tumor, E! News has learned.

The 54-year-old, raspy-voiced VH1 reality star, whose real name is Angela Raiola, has not talked about her ailment and appeared to be in good spirits at two celebrity events that took place over the past two weeks, as recently as Tuesday.

She was taken to the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in her neck and plans to undergo surgery for a tumor in her throat.

"Right now, everyone's just focused on getting Ang the best care possible," a source told E! News.

It is unclear if Big Ang's tumor is cancerous. She has been a smoker for many years.

Big Ang's hospitalization was first reported by TMZ, which said her tumor was the size of a lemon.

On Tuesday, Big Ang took part in the AOL's "death of fake reality TV" mock funeral event in Times Square in New York City. She kept her neck covered with a black top and wore thick sunglasses and a hooded jacket over her blond hair.

Big Ang hung out with fellow reality stars Tila TequilaThe Apprentice alum Omarosa and Jersey Shore's Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Jon Gosselin, who buried an Ed Hardy shirt. At the event, Big Ang vowed to toss out "catfights and wine glass throwing."

Tequila posted a photo of the group on her Instagram page.


Omarosa, Ronnie, Me, Big Ange, and Jon in NYC! #Aol #RealityStars #NYC

A photo posted by Tila Tequila Official IG (@babymamatila) on

She also appeared to be in good spirits, and sported black tresses, two weeks ago at the Italiano Diet launch event, also held in Times Square.

Angela Raiola, Big Ang

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Big Ang, a mother to an adult son and daughter, has starred on Mob Wives since the show debuted in 2011. The series' fifth season concluded earlier this month.

Big Ang also appeared in two spinoffs—Big Ang, which lasted one season in 2012 and The Miami Monkey, which aired for one season in 2013 and focused on her bar in Florida. Her flagship venue, the Staten Island bar the Drunken Monkey, closed earlier this month, as revealed in a March 10 Facebook post.

Fans posted messages of support to Big Ang on the page.

"Get well soon, Big Ang!" one person wrote. "Praying for you, sweetie."


Hi my babies! I am finally able to take a moment to speak to you all. First off, my apologies that you had to find out...

Posted by Big Ang Raiola on Thursday, April 2, 2015