Linda Torres, who appeared on “Mob Wives” and “Big Ang” alongside her late friend Angela “Big Ang” Raiola, has passed away at age 67.
Over the weekend, Big Ang’s sister, Janine Detore, told E! News that Torres passed away Thursday, April 1, from coronavirus-related complications at a Staten Island hospital.
Detore said Torres recently battled breast cancer as well.
“So, yesterday was nine Fridays ago that Linda got sick with a fever,” Detore told the entertainment news channel. “And for nine weeks, she has been fighting this disease. She had double COVID pneumonia, on a ventilator, and she was really fighting the fight. And we thought she was going to win, but unexpectedly, she didn’t.
“They put her on a ventilator, then they gave her tracheotomy in her throat. She had that, and then on April Fools’, good Holy Thursday, which is very fitting for Linda, she passed away.”
Detore says that prior to Torres’ death, Linda was recovering from surgery in which she received a chemo port implant. However, Detore says Torres later developed a fever, returned to the hospital, and tested positive for COVID-19.
Last week, Detore paid tribute to Torres on her Instagram page, writing, “Rest In Peace my friend. you’ll be missed. your bday was in between me & Angela you were our family .. we love you always, Angela take care of [Linda]. #onlythegooddieyoung”
Per E! News, Torres is survived by her daughter Jaime, a grandson, and a granddaughter.
In 2016, Big Ang passed away at age 55 after battling complications from lung and brain cancer, as well as pneumonia.
Detore told E! News that Ang and Linda were similar in many ways.
“Very fun, fun to be around, always wanted to just have a good time, no nonsense, stuff like that,” Detore said. “That’s how Linda is—or was, I should say. I hate to talk about people in the past tense. It sucks. Yeah, so our cast, Big Angela’s cast was four, it was me, my sister little Jen and Linda. So now half the cast is gone. Sucks, it really does. We know Linda a very long time, though.
“Linda was truly a strong woman, like a rock star,” Detore continued. “Fun to hang out with, life of the party, really great person. Great mother, great grandmother, she really was a very strong woman. I really thought that she would pull out of this.”
Detore says Linda will be laid to rest on Thursday, April 8, at the same cemetery where Big Ang is buried.
“I want to say rest in peace, because she’ll be surely missed,” she said. “We love you, Linda, and we’ll see you on the other side.”
Our condolences go out to Linda and Angela’s families for their losses.