Nicki Minaj's father killed in hit-and-run

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj
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The father of rapper Nicki Minaj has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver near New York City, police said Sunday.

Robert Maraj, 64, was walking on a road in Mineola, Long Island at 6:15 pm (2315 GMT) on Friday when he was hit, Nassau County Police Department said in a statement.

The driver left the scene of the accident, and Maraj was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Saturday.

"The investigation is ongoing," police added.

The statement did not specify Maraj's relationship to Minaj, but a police spokesman confirmed he was her father.

The rapper has yet to make a public statement, but her rep confirmed the death to TMZ.

Minaj, 38, was born to parents Robert and Carol Maraj in Trinidad and Tobago, and raised in the Queens borough of New York City.

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