Nicki Minaj is speaking out for the first time about the death of her father, Robert Maraj.
In February, Maraj was crossing the street in Long Island when he was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene.
According to Minaj’s representative Joseph Carozza, he was admitted to a nearby hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead the next day.
The rapper, born Onika Tanya Maraj, broke her silence in a personal message on her website, despite writing that she wasn’t able to “discuss the passing” of her father yet.
“I can honestly say it was the most heartbreaking loss I’ve ever seen. I find myself always needing to call him. “Now that he’s gone, it’s even more so,” Minaj wrote. “May his soul rest in peace in the land of the living.” He was a much-loved man who will be greatly missed.”
Nassau County Police arrested a 70-year-old man named Charles Polevich in connection with Maraj’s death a few days after the hit-and-run.
Polevich was charged with fleeing the scene of an accident and interfering with evidence after concealing the accident by parking his 1992 Volvo station waggon in a detached garage.
At a press conference, Nassau County Police Detective Steven Fitzpatrick said, “He was fully aware of what happened.” “He got out of the ambulance, looked at the deceased, got back into his car, and made the deliberate decision to leave rather than call 911.”
According to a statement posted by Ben Crump Law’s checked social media accounts, Minaj’s mother Carol Maraj filed a $150 million lawsuit against the driver in the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
“Polevich acted in a criminal, cowardly, and unethical manner.” Crump said, “We will keep him accountable for his reckless conduct that resulted in Robert Maraj’s death.”
Marc C. Gann of Collins, Gann, McCloskey & Barry PLLC, Polevich’s lawyer, sent a statement to CN on his behalf.
“Mr. Polevich shared his sympathies and condolences to the Maraj family.” Although the civil action is unsurprising, the criminal proceedings against Mr. Polevich are unrelated to the civil case. It is yet to be known whether or not there was any negligence involved in the accident, or what degree of negligence there was,” according to the statement. “I’ll add that the amount requested is surprising to say the least, and I don’t believe it is fair in any way.”