Mob Wives concluded its run with each of the show's mainstays reminiscing about how the series has changed their relationships and their lives and what they see in their future. It was an emotional way to wrap up six seasons of conflict and drama, that only got more heartbreaking when it was Raiola's turn to say goodbye to the show that made her a star.
"I f**king hate cancer," Raiola said, addressing the camera in the final moments of the finale. "They say it kicks the s**t out of you [so] I gotta kick the s**t out of it. But I don’t know if I could. This might be a rough one."
The 55-year-old reality star, whose battle with terminal cancer was documented over the course of the show's final season, died on Feb. 18
after filming had wrapped.
"I got rid of everything unnecessary in my life," Raiola explained. "Neil, and bulls**t drama were the first things to go. The doctor said I'm not allowed to have any stress and all he does it stress me out!"
Despite their estrangement, the two were apparently together in the final moments of her life. Murphy recently spoke with ET
, where he shared that he "was there at the end" and that he "never left her side."
In the closing moments of the Mob Wives finale, Raiola also opened up about what she hoped to do with the time she had left.
"From now on, it's gonna be all about me, my grandchild and my kids, that's it," she shared. "I'm going to live my life to the fullest, and I'm going to do everything on my bucket list -- which will be Italy!"
Immediately after the heartfelt series finale, Raiola's life and legacy were honored in the VH1 special Larger Than Life: A Celebration of Big Ang.
The special served as a memorial to the beloved reality star and featured Raiola's family -- including her husband -- many of her Mob Wives co-stars and a score of her famous friends, including Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Vivica A. Fox, Nina Parker and Wendy Williams, among many others.