Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, died on Saturday, February 13 following a hit-and-run accident.
CNN reported that the accident occurred on the evening of Friday, February 12 while Robert was walking in Mineola, Long Island. According to a statement from the Nassau County Police Department, Nicki’s father “was struck by a northbound, undescribed, vehicle that left the scene of the accident.” Robert was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital that evening, and he passed away the next day. He was 64 years old.
Police have yet to identify the suspect driving the car that killed Robert — but the accident is being investigated as a homicide, TMZ reported
Nicki has not publicly commented on her father’s death, but fans have been expressing their condolences, love, and support on social media since news broke of Robert’s passing.
“Sending you and your family all the love and strength. We love you, @NICKIMINAJ! May your father Rest In Peace,” one fan account tweeted, alongside a photo of Nicki hugging her father. “We’re sending all our love and prayers to Nicki Minaj and her family, and we’re wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember your father,” another wrote.
Responding to Nicki’s most recent tweet (posted on February 2, nearly two weeks prior to her father’s death) that stated “Love you so much. Wow,” one fan commented, “we love you even more nicki. my deepest condolences to you and your family, i’m so sorry”. Another fan responded, “may this loss turn into strength queen we love u and we will always support you Nicki”.
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