VH1 to Pay Tribute to Angela ‘Big Ang’ Raiola

VH1 will pay homage to late Mob Wives star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola with a marathon airing of series spinoff Big Ang, the network said Monday.

The network will air the first season of Big Ang on Feb. 24 following the debut of a new episode of Mob Wives, said network officials.

Raiola died last week following a battle with cancer.

In addition, a tribute special celebrating Ang’s biggest TV moments will premiere on VH1 later in March. Details will be announced at a later date.

Fan tributes from social media will be featured on-air throughout the Big Ang marathon on Wednesday night, said network officials.

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