There are new reports that say rapper Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, died in a hit and run, according to police. Here’s what you need to know.
Reports say Robert Maraj was walking in Mineola, Long Island, on Friday at 6:15 p.m. when he was “was struck by a northbound, undescribed, vehicle that left the scene of the accident,” the Nassau County Police Department said in a statement.
Nicki Minaj’s Father Dies In Hit-And-Run
He was initially listed in critical condition at a local hospital but died from his injuries at some point over the weekend. Homicide detectives are now investigating the crash and asking anyone who saw the collision at the intersection of Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue to come forward.
Nicki Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, was born in Trinidad before being raised in the New York City borough of Queens. The death of her father comes just four months after she welcomed her first child with husband Kenneth Petty.
Just last month, the rapper, 38, shared new photos of her 3-month-old son. While she hasn’t revealed the name of her son just yet, she did reveal his sweet nickname: Papa Bear.
“#PapaBear thank you so very much for choosing me to be your mama,” Nicki wrote in an Instagram post.
It’s meant so much to me. Becoming a mom is by far the most fulfilling job I’ve ever taken on,” she added. “Sending love to all the superhero mothers out there. Big hugs to all the women who have been pregnant during this challenging time.”
So far, Nicki Minaj has not yet made public comments about her father’s death. With that said, local police are asking any witnesses to the fatal crash to come forward. We will update you with all of the latest details as they come in.
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