Police say Nicki Minaj’s father was killed by hit-and-run driver

MINEOLA, NY – The 64-year-old father of rapper Nicki Minaj has died after being hit by a hit-and-run driver in New York, police said.

Robert Maraj walked along a road in Mineola on Long Island at 6 p.m. 18.15 Friday when he was hit by a car that was continuing, Nassau County police said. Maraj was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead Saturday.

Police are asking witnesses to the fatal crash to come forward.

Minaj, 38, was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and grew up in the Queens district of New York. She has not made any public statement about her father’s death.

An e-mail requesting comment was sent to a Minaj representative.

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