Nicki Minaj‘s father died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver near New York City. The police confirmed this on Sunday.
Robert Maraj, 64, walks on a road in Mineola, Long Island. The tragedy happened at 6:15 pm (2315 GMT) on Friday. Nassau County Police Department said this on their statement.
The driver also left the scene of the accident. People took Nicki’s father to the hospital. The hospital pronounced him dead on Saturday.
“The investigation is also ongoing,” police added.
The statement did not specify Maraj’s relationship to Nicki Minaj. However, a police spokesman also confirmed he was her father.
Minaj, 38, was born in Trinidad and Tobago. The rapper grew up in the Queens borough of New York City. Also, ten Grammy awards nominated during Nicki’s career.
Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model. She gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009). Minaj was also dubbed as the “Queen of Rap” by several media outlets. In 2017, Patrik Sandberg of Dazed argued that Minaj “has, by any available metric, surpassed every other female hip hop artist to become the most successful in history.”Sowmya Krishnamurthy of NPR noted that Minaj has also portrayed “the quirky, life-size Barbie, glamorous vixen and girl-next-door”, arguing that she “changed the landscape for artists in hip-hop for the past decade” with the mentioned alter egos and “incarnations”.