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Dr. Oz on Big Ang's final TV interview: 'She was scared'

By Marilyn Malara   |   Feb. 19, 2016 at 9:04 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Mehmet Oz, whose interview with the late television personality Angela "Big Ang" Raiola aired days before her death this week, says the cancer-stricken celebrity didn't seem to know death would come so quickly.

Speaking with Extra after Big Ang's death Thursday, the host of The Dr. Oz Show said the Mob Wives star didn't know "it was going to be so soon, but I think Big Ang was scared."

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"She didn't want anybody to forget the anguish on her face when she acknowledge that cigarettes killed her, stripped her life from her, that she lost decades that she could have spent with people she loved," Oz said. "I think that's the number one thing that needs to get out about her legacy."

Later, Oz recounted the Jan. 29 Big Ang -- interview which aired Tuesday -- to People, saying "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," he explained. "She had been beaten down over the last year."

Raiola, who died Thursday at 55 years old, was diagnosed with cancer in early 2015 and after several surgeries, the cancer kept coming back. Later that year, it was discovered the outspoken star had aggressive stage 4 cancer in her throat and brain.

Early Thursday morning, Raiola's friend Vinnie Medugno announced through her Twitter account she had died at 3:01AM. "She was surrounded by nothing but love from her immediate family, and closest friends," he wrote.

"YOU, (Her fans) were some of the most special people in her world, and she loved you immensely."

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