Gia Carangi

Birth Name: Gia Marie Carangi

Date of Birth: January 29, 1960

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Death: November 18, 1986

Place of Death: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

*father – Italian
*mother – English, Irish, Welsh

Gia Carangi was an American fashion model. She died of AIDS at age 26, after becoming a heroin addict.

Gia was the daughter of Kathleen and Joseph Carangi.

Gia’s paternal grandfather was Giovanni/John Carangi (the son of Andrea Caranci and Antonia DiDonato). Giovanni was Italian.

Gia’s paternal grandmother was Lucy Menichella (the daughter of Donato Menichella and Carmela Cistone). Lucy was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents.

Gia’s maternal grandfather was named George R. Adams.

Gia’s maternal grandmother was Helen Virginia Ball (the daughter of Charles C. Ball and Bertha F. Brewington).

Sources: Gia’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Gia’s maternal grandmother, Helen Virginia (Ball) Adams –

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