Big Ang, whose real name was Angela Raiola, died on Thursday at the age of 55. On Saturday her estranged husband, Neil Murphy, as well as her Mob Wives costars, and a bevy of family members and friends were spotted arriving at the funeral home where her visitation was held.
Renee Graziano, Carla Facciolo, Karen Gravano, and Drita D’Avanzo–all of Mob Wives–arrived at the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn to pay their respects to Big Ang.
Neil Murphy, who is a sanitation worker, had split from Big Ang shortly before her death. Despite their estrangement, he appeared at the funeral home Saturday wearing a blue suit and white shirt.
Murphy tweeted his feelings about Big Ang’s passing and was by her side in her last days.
I will always love you forever please watch over the grandkids I know you will ? pic.twitter.com/HU99EHM4nf
— Neil Murphy (@MrBigAngVH1) February 18, 2016
Angela 'Big Ang' Raiola's estranged husband was by her side during final hours ❤️ https://t.co/lEVrzpnxH5 pic.twitter.com/A7dSuwwRTG
— People Magazine (@people) February 18, 2016
At the funeral home, Big Ang’s casket was surrounded by huge floral arrangements. A Chanel-themed arrangement was from her children, Raquel and AJ, and featured a notation calling her “the greatest mother in the world.”
In addition to starring on Mob Wives, Big Ang was well known and much loved in her Staten Island community. On Friday, a close friend named Lori Falcone spoke with Us Weekly about her departed friend.
From the number of people who graced the Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn on Saturday, it’s plain to see Big Ang made a big impact of lots of people.