A suspect has been arrested for the hit-and-run death of Nicki Minaj's father.
Nassau County Police confirmed to The Sun that an arrest has been made in the hit-and-run investigation involving the singer's father Robert, 64.
Robert was struck by a car while walking between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue in Long Island on Friday around 6pm in New York.
Cops told TMZ he was hit by a vehicle heading northbound before the driver quickly fled the scene of the crime.
There were witnesses at the time of the accident, though they were unable to identity the person behind the car.
Robert was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
His injuries were too substantial and he passed over the weekend.
Nicki has not yet publicly spoken about her father's passing, though a rep for the 38-year-old rapper confirmed Robert's passing to TMZ.
Nicki has had a difficult relationship with her father, as she claimed he was abusive towards her mother, Carol.
In a 2018 clip from the Making a Queen documentary, Nicki recalled: "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 open].
"That’s why maybe some people would describe me as abrasive or b***hy or whatever because I vowed from that age no man would ever abuse me, call me out my name, treat me like that.”
Nicki told Now magazine that she was once really “afraid" when she saw him drag her mom out of a car and pull her along for a couple of blocks.
After hearing about Nicki’s thoughts on her childhood and her relationship to him, sources close to Robert told TMZ in 2012 that he thought her stories were “exaggerated.”
He admitted to having some anger issues, but he was reportedly extremely upset to learn how his daughter things when she was younger.
Eventually, Nicki later shared with The Guardian that her dad was trying to get better.
She explained: “He went to rehab and cleaned himself up. Eventually they started going to church a lot, and he got saved and started changing his life.
“He’s away from drugs now. He doesn’t instill fear in people any more.”
According to Radar, though, Robert was arrested twice in late 2013 for drunk driving.
One day after his first arrest, Nicki’s mom Carol filed a restraining order against her husband, which she was granted and which meant he was unable to contact her or show up to where she was.
Carol eventually kicked Robert out of their home, and she found strength in the Christian church and became a domestic violence campaigner, setting up the Carol Maraj Foundation to help other victims of abuse at home.
Nicki and her dad reconciled throughout the years and were seen together at various events.
The loss of her father comes just months after Nicki welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with her husband, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty.
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