Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, killed in hit-and-run accident

The 64-year-old father of rapper Nicki Minaj has died after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in New York.

Robert Maraj was walking along a road in Mineola on Long Island at 6:15 p.m. Friday when he was hit by a car that kept going, Nassau County police said.

Maraj was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead Saturday.

The Homicide Squad is investigating the case and asking for the public’s help in identifying the responsible party. There was not a decent description of the suspect vehicle provided.

Police are asking any witnesses to the fatal crash to come forward.

Minaj, 38, was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and was raised in the New York City borough of Queens. She has not made any public statement about her father’s death.

In other news, Nicki Minaj and husband, Kenneth Petty have welcomed their first child.

Nicki announced her pregnancy back in July, posting a series of photos showing her looking at least 6 months along and captioning one post, “#Preggers.” She did the photoshoot with famed photographer David LaChappelle.

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