Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Born in the Saint James district of Port of Spain and raised in the Queens borough of New York City, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).
She grew up in a troubled family with a father that was a drug addict who later changed after he checked into rehab and started going to church. Minaj went to LaGaurdia High School and studied singing and acting.
Robert Maraj, the biological father of renowned singer, Nicki Minaj has died after being struck in a hit-and-run accident.
Nassau County Police in New York say he was walking on the road between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue Friday evening around 6 PM ET, when he was hit by a vehicle heading northbound. Cops say the driver then fled the scene without a meaningful description from witnesses.
The 10-time Grammy nominee, 38, has not commented publicly on her father’s death. Minaj previously spoke about her complicated relationship with her dad in interviews, revealing that he struggled with drug addiction and was abusive towards her mother, Carole Maraj.
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