The 64-year-old father of rapper Nicki Minaj has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver near New York, the police said on Sunday.
Nicki’s father, Robert Maraj 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 of the car left the scene of the accident, and Maraj was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Saturday.
Maraj was walking on the road when the car struck him, and it reportedly kept running and fled the scene. The car fled the scene too soon “without a meaningful description from witnesses,” said the cops.
Police know that the car was headed toward the north and the accident took place at the intersection of Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue.
The Nassau County Police Department is still investigating the case and has urged witnesses to approach with more concrete evidence about the fatal accident.
The news of the accident was first shared by Maraj’s sister, Suzie on social media.
Unfortunately, Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, has passed away after being struck in a hit-and-run accident.
My wishes and condolences are with Nicki and her family❤️ pic.twitter.com/CPNWBtrfsW
— Pop Tingz (@ThePopTingz) February 14, 2021
While Minaj still hasn’t made any statement on the shocking news, fans on Twitter have been sharing their heartfelt condolences to the rapper and Maraj’s family.
Minaj, 38, (Real name Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty), was born in Trinidad and Tobago and was raised in the New York City borough of Queens.
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