Father of Nicki Minaj, Robert Maraj, Killed in Hit and Run


Robert Maraj, the father of the rapper Nicki Minaj, died on Saturday after being struck by a vehicle in a hit and run on Long Island, the authorities said.

Mr. Maraj was walking in the roadway near the intersection of Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue in Mineola, N.Y., at around 6:15 p.m. on Friday when he was hit by a northbound vehicle that left the scene, the Nassau County Police Department said in a statement.

Mr. Maraj, 64, a resident of Mineola, was transported to a hospital in critical condition, the police said, before he was pronounced dead by a hospital doctor on Saturday.

The Nassau County Police Department said its Homicide Squad was investigating.

A representative for Ms. Minaj confirmed his death but did not provide further details.

In an interview with The New York Times in 2015, Ms. Minaj was asked if she was abused by her father.

“No. He was just abusive,” she said. “I would always hear him yelling and cursing, always. And it made me feel it was the way to interact, because that’s how I saw him interacting.’’

Ms. Minaj said in a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone that as a child, she “always felt like being rich would cure everything,” allowing her to take care of her mother so they could leave her father. “That was always what drove me,” she said.

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