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Who was Robert Maraj? Nicki Minaj's dad dies in hit-and-run accident, fans say ‘can’t imagine shock and pain’

The police revealed that the man behind the wheels fled the scene and unfortunately there were no credible witnesses for Robert's accident
UPDATED FEB 15, 2021
Nicki Minaj (Getty Images)
Nicki Minaj (Getty Images)

In a piece of unfortunate news, Nicki Minaj’s father Robert Maraj died on Sunday, February 14, in a hit-and-run accident. He was 64. According to the website TMZ, Nassau County Police in New York revealed the story behind the accident. According to the cops, Robert was walking on the road when he was hit by a vehicle heading northbound around 6 pm ET on Friday, February 12. The accident happened between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue on Long Island.

The police also revealed that the man behind the wheels fled the scene and unfortunately there were no credible witnesses at the spot. TMZ also reported that Robert was taken to a hospital nearby but he succumbed to his injuries and passed away over the weekend. The accident is being investigated by the Homicide Squad. They are reportedly asking for the public’s help in identifying the responsible party. The rapper has not responded to her father’s death yet, however, a rep for Nicki had confirmed the rapper’s dad's death.


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Nicki Minaj attends the Marc Jacobs Fall 2020 runway show during New York Fashion Week on February 12, 2020 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Who was Robert Maraj?

Nicki was born to Robert Miraj and Carol Miraj. She is known to have a difficult relationship with her father over the years. In an interview with The Guardian in 2012, she had revealed that her father was "an alcoholic and a drug addict” who tried to burn down one of the multiple homes they lived in throughout the years. Fans also got to learn about Nicki’s troubled childhood in the song ‘Autobiography’ off her 2008 mixtape ‘Sucka Free’.

Speaking in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2010, Nicki had said, “When I first came to America, I would go in my room and kneel down at the foot of my bed and pray that God would make me rich so that I could take care of my mother. Because I always felt like if I took care of my mother, my mother wouldn't have to stay with my father, and he was the one at the time, that was bringing us pain. We didn't want him around at all, and so I always felt like being rich would cure everything, and that was always what drove me.”  

‘Can’t imagine the shock and pain’

A lot of social media users rushed to Twitter to send their heartfelt condolences. Speaking on the same, one user posted, “I am so sorry about your loss @NICKIMINAJ i love you” Another shared, “My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Nicki Minaj on the very sad loss of her father. I'm so very sorry for your loss @NICKIMINAJ” One user said, “Rest in peace to Nicki's dad man.” The next one added, “Can’t imagine the shock and pain you must be feeling. I apologize if everyone is jumping the gun on the news, but even so our condolences are with you. Pops is about to have a great time in heaven @NICKIMINAJ” One individual tweeted, “I send my condolences to nicki Minaj and her family I am sorry for your loss queen, @NICKIMINAJ”

Nicki Minaj has not yet commented on her dad's death (Getty Images