In a shocking incident, American rapper Nicki Minaj's father, Robert Maraj, died on Saturday after being hit by a speeding vehicle. According to police, Maraj, 64, was hit by a car on Friday when he was walking on a road around 6 pm in Mineola, Long Island, reports hollywoodreporter.com. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene. Witnesses couldn't give a meaningful description of the driver who hit Robert.
Robert was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on Saturday. While Minaj's representative confirmed her father's death, she has yet to comment on the incident.
Previously, Minaj had opened up about how her father was abusive towards her mother, and recalled how he once set fire to their house while her mother was inside.
"I remember when my mother would let my father be violent with her and she always brings up this story about when I was a little girl and I would stand in front of my mother (with my arms out to protect her)," Minaj said in a clip that features in her documentary that she posted on Instagram in 2018.
Nicki was recently in the news for her legal battle with singer Tracy Chapman who had sued Minaj in 2018 for allegedly using portions of her hit 1988 track Baby, can I hold you tonight in the rapper's song Sorry.
The song was not officially released, but a leaked version made its way to radio DJ Funkmaster Flex and later became viral online. Chapman accused Minaj of sharing the song with Flex, although both have denied it, reports bbc.com. Nicki will pay Chapman $450,000 in order to settle a copyright dispute.
(With IANS Inputs)
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