Nicki Minaj ’s father has tragically died in a hit-and-run. The singer’s 64-year-old dad Robert Maraj was killed on Friday evening when a car struck him while he was crossing the road in New York City.
According to Nassau County Police, Robert was struck by the car at around 6pm when he was making his way between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue.
Police reports state that the driver immediately fled the scene, meaning eyewitnesses failed to obtain a clear description of the vehicle and driver.
Following the horror accident, Robert was rushed to hospital in critical condition. After sustaining severe injuries, Nicki’s beloved dad sadly lost his fight and passed away over the weekend.
According to TMZ, the homicide squad is now investigating the case and has pleaded with the public to help to identify the driver at hand.
Nicki has yet to comment on her father’s death although her representative confirmed the tragedy to TMZ.
Although the Starships singer has kept her family life under wraps since shooting to fame, Nicki has been pictured with her father on several occasions.
The pair appeared to have enjoyed a strong father-daughter bond.
Nicki, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, was born in Saint James in the district of Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.
Robert was a financial executive and part-time gospel singer and had an Afro-Trinidadian mother and an Indo-Trinidadian father.
His wife Carol, Nicki's mother, is also a gospel singer with Afro-Trinidadian ancestry.
Robert's tragic death comes just four months after Nicki welcomed her first child with husband Kenneth Petty.