Nicki Minaj is breaking her silence about the death of her father, Robert Maraj, for the first time.
Maraj was crossing the street in Long Island when he was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene in February. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead the next day, according to Minaj’s representative Joseph Carozza.
Despite writing she wasn’t ready to “discuss the passing” of her father yet, the rapper, born Onika Tanya Maraj, broke her silence in a personal message on her website.
“I can say it has been the most devastating loss of my life. I find myself wanting to call him all the time. More so now that he’s gone,” Minaj wrote. “May his soul rest in paradise. He was very loved & will be very missed.”
A few days later after the hit-and-run, Nassau County Police arrested a 70-year-old man named Charles Polevich in relation to Maraj’s death. Polevich was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence after parking his 1992 Volvo station wagon in a detached garage after the accident to conceal it.
“He was absolutely aware of what happened,” Nassau County Police Detective Steven Fitzpatrick said at a news conference. “He got out of the car and he looked at the deceased, got into his car, and made the conscious decision to leave instead of dialing 911.”
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Source: USA Today