Robert Maraj, the father of rap star Nicki Minaj, was killed after being hit by a racing driver.
Mr Maraj was out and about in Mineola, New York, on Friday when he was hit by a vehicle that had left the scene, Nassau County Police Department said in a statement. He was then rushed to hospital in critical condition, police said before being pronounced dead by a hospital doctor the next day.
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Nicki has yet to speak publicly about her father's death.
Homicide detectors are investigating the crash and asking anyone who saw the collision at the intersection of Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue to provide information. Nicki is very close to her mother, but is not believed to be very close to her father.
Nicki held back after his motherhood four months ago.
We wish her and her family our condolences.