Rapper Nicki Minaj’s Father Killed in Hit-and-Run, Police Say

Robert Maraj, the 64-year-old father of rapper Nicki Minaj died over the weekend after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in New York, police announced Sunday.

Photo: Courtesy of Nicki Minaj | Instagram


Maraj, was walking along a road in Mineola, New York, when he was hit by a car that kept going, according to the authorities.


Nassau County Police said that Robert Maraj was walking along a road on Long Island on Friday evening when he was struck by an unidentified driver who then fled the scene.


Robert Maraj was transported to an area hospital in a critical condition, and then was declared dead from injuries sustained from the crash on Saturday, according to police.


Authorities are asking witnesses to the fatal crash to come forward. An investigation into the incident is currently ongoing, with no arrests made so far.


Nicki Minaj, 38, was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and was raised in Queens, New York. She has not made any public statement about her father’s death as of this writing.


Minaj announced her plans to retire and focus on her family in late 2019, after a successful career in the music industry, during which she amassed a record number of Hot 100 hits and ranked among music’s highest-paid women.

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