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Big Ang knew death was near

Big Ang knew death was near

Big Ang knew she was dying.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, who interviewed the late television personality last month, claims the 'Mob Wives' star - who was battling stage IV lung and brain cancer - knew her life was nearing the end.

He told PEOPLE magazine: "She was scared. Which is always a sign that ... people know more about their bodies than any test will tell you. What the patient tells you is more accurate than what you can guess. She had been beaten down over the last year.

"When that happens, emotionally, the up and down, it tires you out. The exhaustion took a toll on her. The third cancer had metastasized to the brain and the adrenal gland. That's a much worse scenario. They put her on aggressive chemo, which failed.

"In the setting of that, she came on [the show] to get people to appreciate that this dumb cigarette addiction she picked up as a young woman, she wanted people to see the anguish in her face, as she was clear about the fact that cigarettes killed her."

Since her death, tributes have flooded in for Big Ang, real name Angela Raiola, from her former co-stars.