Nicki Minaj’s father killed in hit-and-run

Published February 15, 2021, 6:49 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

(FILES) In this file photo singer Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. – The father of rapper Nicki Minaj has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver near New York City, police said on Feb. 14. (Photo by KEVORK DJANSEZIAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

NEW YORK (AFP) -The father of rapper Nicki Minaj has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver near New York City, police said Sunday.

Robert Maraj, 64, was walking on a road in Mineola, Long Island at 6:15 pm (2315 GMT) on Friday when he was hit, Nassau County Police Department said in a statement.

The driver left the scene of the accident, and Maraj was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Saturday.

“The investigation is ongoing,” police added.

The statement did not specify Maraj’s relationship to Minaj, but a police spokesman confirmed he was her father.

Minaj, 38, was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in the Queens borough of New York City.

The rapper has been nominated for 10 Grammy awards during her career.

 
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