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Nicki Minaj’s father killed in hit-and-run near New York City

The father of Trinidadian-American rapper, Nicki Minaj died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver near New York City, police said on Sunday.

Robert Maraj, 64, was walking on a road in Mineola, Long Island at 6:15pm 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 didn’t say Robert Maraj was Nicki Minaj’s dad, but a police spokesman confirmed to AFP that he was her father.

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



She’s been nominated for 10 Grammys, won five MTV Video Music Awards and broken the record for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries by a solo female artist.