Robert Maraj, the father of rapper Nicki Minaj, died Saturday after being hit in a hit and running on Long Island, authorities said.
Mr. Maraj was walking in the driveway near the intersection of Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue in Mineola, NY, around noon. At 6:15 p.m., Friday when he was hit by a northbound vehicle leaving the scene, the Nassau County Police Department said in a statement.
Sir. Maraj, 64, a resident of Mineola, was transported to a hospital in critical condition, police said before being pronounced dead by a hospital doctor Saturday.
Nassau County Police Department said his homicide squad was investigating.
A representative of Mrs Minaj confirmed her death but did not give further details.
Minaj, whose parents moved to the United States from Trinidad, has previously talked about the use of crack cocaine and domestic violence in her childhood home in Jamaica, Queens, including an episode in which her father tried to burn down his house.
IN an interview with The New York Times in 2015, Mrs Minaj was asked if she was abused by her father.
“No. He was just violent,” she said. “I always wanted to hear him shout and curse. And it made me feel like it was a way to interact, because that’s how I saw him interact.”
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