Joe Bruno on the Mob – Renee Graziano Hospitalized After Panic Attack


January 30, 2012

I don’t care what anyone (including me) thinks about the TV show “Mob Wives,” or what they think about Renee Graziano and her co-stars in general. But this is not good news; not news that anyone should feel glad about, or gloat about.

“Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano, estranged daughter of reputed Bonanno crime family member Anthony Graziano, was rushed to the hospital on Friday January 27th, with what appears to have been a severe panic attack. Her illness came soon after her father was arrested by the Feds, based on information given, and tapes made by Renee’s ex-husband Hector Pagan. Anthony Graziano has not spoken to his daughter since she agreed to appear on national TV to air her family’s dirty laundry.

The entire situation is sad for everyone involved, except for Pagan, who must be the lowest of the low to wear a wire on his former father-in-law, which hurt everyone in the Graziano family, including his son A. J. Pagan Sr. was reportedly facing big time in the can for armed robbery, and instead of doing his time like a man, he screwed those who were closest to him to save his own hide.

I know people who have had panic attacks, including my wife, and they are certainly no fun. Your heart starts thumping like a runaway locomotive, and you feel as if there’s a piano sitting on your chest. You can’t control your breathing and you think you are having a heart attack. There is medication you can take for repeated panic attacks. But when a panic attack starts, the best thing to do is to take deep, slow breaths until the panic attack passes. And it’s a great idea to avoid situations that put you under stress, which causes the panic attack in the first place.

Hopefully, Renee’s panic attack is just an isolated incident, but if it’s not, quitting the show “Mob Wives” might be the best thing for her to do. Less stress. Less aggravation. Less money too, but your health is more important than money. You”ll never see a Brinks truck following a hearse.

Renee’s sister Jennifer, who is also the producer of the show, could surely take Renee’s place without the show missing a beat.

P.S. — Anthony Graziano isn’t talking to his daughter Jennifer either. For obvious reasons.

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Mob Wives’ Renee Graziano hospitalized after her father Anthony “TG” Graziano was arrested yet again

Jan, 29, 2012 | AUTHOR: Asa Hawks | Related : Hector Pagan Jr., Law and Order, Mob Wives, Renee Graziano

Mob Wives star Renee Graziano was rushed to a New York City hospital Friday soon after hearing that her father, Anthony “TG” Graziano, had been arrested yet again along with four other alleged members of the Bonanno crime family in an early morning raid.

According to TMZ, “Renee had a panic attack, collapsed, and had trouble breathing” when she heard the news of her father’s arrest.

Hector Pagan flipped and agreed to wear a wire for the DEA in order to avoid a conviction for armed robbery after he held up a high-stakes poker game. He reportedly caught Anthony Graziano on tape instructing him to collect a $150,000 loanshark debt, according to The New York Post.

As you might already know, Anthony Graziano, 71, was recently released from prison after a lengthy sentence for racketeering before being arrested in November for extortion when he was caught on tape by his former son-in-law (Renee’s ex-husband) Hector “Junior” Pagan! (You can’t make this stuff up! Pagan”

Graziano (right) was indicted on the extortion charges last week and was already in police custody when he was charged again during Friday’s raid. Also arrested on Friday were fellow alleged Bonanno crime family members Vincent Badalamenti (administration), Nicholas Santora (capo), Vito Balsamo (acting captain), and Anthony Calabrese (soldier). James Laforte, an alleged member of the Gambino family, was also arrested. All five men pleaded not guilty and are schedule to appear back in court on February 7. Each faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

Anthony “TG” Graziano broke off all contact with his daughters Renee Graziano and Jennifer “Jenn” Graziano after the latter came up with the idea for Mob Wives and the former agreed to appear on the show.

‘Mob Wives’ Renee Graziano Admitted to ER After Father’s Arrest in Federal Raid

The dramatic VH1 reality star and self-professed former mafia princess is currently receiving treatment at a hospital, show reps confirm.

TMZ’s sources tell the site that Renee had a panic attack, collapsed, and had trouble breathing after getting news of her father’s arrest and was rushed via ambulance to the hospital.

Earlier Friday, the star’s father and high-ranking member of the Bonanno crime family, Anthony “TG” Graziano, was arrested along with several other alleged mafia members in an FBI-DEA bust, according to the New York Post. They were charged with racketeering and extortion and were scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Brooklyn court.

The star, drawn to extreme dramatics on the VH1 reality series, may have a couple other circumstances that contributed to her illness. Mr. Graziano had just recently been released from prison and he was already facing extortion charges in a separate case. And reportedly, Renee’s ex-husband and father of their teenage son, Hector “Junior” Pagan, turned DEA informant and was behind the federal raid.

‘Mob Wives’ Renee Graziano Hospitalized After Dad’s Bust in Mafia Crime Sweep

Renee Graziano”Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano was rushed to a NYC hospital by ambulance today … just hours after feds busted her father and several other Bonanno crime family members.

Sources close to the Graziano family tell TMZ … Renee had a panic attack, collapsed, and had trouble breathing when she got news that her dad, Anthony “TG” Graziano, had been arrested in an early morning raid.

A “Mob Wives” rep confirms Renee was admitted to the emergency room and is still getting treatment right now.

Further upsetting for Renee — the fact her ex-husband played a role in her father’s arrest. Hector Pagan, who’s appeared on the VH-1 show, has reportedly turned rat for the DEA.


6 Responses to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Renee Graziano Hospitalized After Panic Attack”

  1. Wow im so sorry renee and a.j. Jr. is the lowest dirt bag scum you are a strong woman my deepest empathy

  2. Unbelievable. How could he do that to her and her son and her family. He played her like a fiddle.

  3. these shows are filmed waaaay in advance, so i don’t believe anything was held back. she was reacting in real time.

    • JT, maybe. Maybe not. That’s not the point. The producers should have run a disclaimer starting with the first show this season, and continuing until the last show. All they had to do was run something at the beginning of each show like “Since this episode was shot, Junior Pagan has been placed in the witness protection programe etc.. etc..”

      That’s what, in the interest of fairness and full disclosure, is supposed to have been done. The fact that they refused to do so tells me all I need to know about the show’s integrity.

  4. Pagan could have gotten an academy award if he knew the whole show that it was a setup

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