Teresa Giudice's celebratory book tour was hit with a dark cloud as news of the death of Angela "Big Ang" Raiola broke. RadarOnline.com has learned that the over-the-top star and other members of the Mob Wives cast were supposed to be at Giudice's book launch party on Wednesday night, but the beloved star's health had take a turn for the worse, and her co-stars decided not to go either.
As Radar reported, Raiola sadly lost her battle to cancer early this morning.
Giudice's event was held at 49 Grove in New York City and she "was aware that Ang's health was rapidly declining," a source revealed. "She completely understood and respected the cast's decision to not come to the party. Teresa adored Ang and just feels deeply sad for her family."
Indeed, Raiola was an outspoken supporter of Giudice during her fraud trial, loudly insisting that the Real Housewives of New Jersey star was "innocent" of the charges against her.
However, the party continued, if subdued. Accompanied by her husband, Joe, Teresa celebrated with guests including her brother, Joe Gorga, sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, and Bravo's Andy Cohen.
Bravo cameras were rolling as "Teresa made a heartfelt speech about the tremendous amount of support she got while behind bars, and since the release of the book," the source told Radar. "Joe stood beaming by her side and couldn't have been prouder of her. No one is talking about Joe's upcoming prison surrender on March 23."
The entire cast of Real Housewives of New Jersey was also there, along with executives from publisher, Simon & Schuster.
Another reason for the reality star to celebrate: Turning The Tables is a New York Times bestseller!
"Everything is perfect in Teresa's life, and she knows she is truly lucky," the insider added.