Robert Maraj, father of rapper Nicki Minaj, died Saturday after being struck by a vehicle during a hit and run on Long Island, authorities said.
Mr Maraj was walking on the roadway near the intersection of Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue in Mineola, New York, around 6:15 p.m. Friday, when he was struck by a northbound vehicle leaving the scene, the Nassau County Police Department said in a statement.
Mr Maraj, 64, a resident of Mineola, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said, before being 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 her death but did not provide further details.
Ms Minaj, whose parents moved to the United States from Trinidad before joining them in the United States two years later, has previously spoken about crack use and domestic violence at her childhood home in Jamaica, Queens. , including an episode in which his father tried to burn down his house.
In a 2015 interview with the New York Times, Ms Minaj was asked if she had been abused by her father.
Ms Minaj said in a 2010 Rolling Stone interview that as a child she “always felt that being rich would heal everything”, allowing her to take care of her mother so they could leave. his father. “That’s always what motivated me,” she says.
“I was disappointed with my father,” she says. “I was scared, very scared, that something would happen to my mother. I had nightmares about it.