Nicki Minaj Addresses Her Father’s Death: ‘Most Devastating Loss of My Life’

Nicki Minaj at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. — Photo by PopularImages

Nicki Minaj has made her first public comments since her father was struck and killed while crossing a street earlier this year in Long Island.

The “Anaconda” rapper wrote a personal message on her website over the weekend discussing several topics, including the “devastating loss” of her father.

“Though I can’t really bring myself to discuss the passing of my father as yet; 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. Life is funny that way. May his soul rest in paradise. He was very loved & will be very missed,” Minaj wrote.

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As previously reported, the singer’s father Robert Maraj, 64, died from his injuries after being struck in February by the alleged driver, 70-year-old Charles Polevich of Guam. Authorities said Polevich fled the scene and tried to hide his car before eventually turning himself in.

According to a social media post by civil rights attorney Ben Crump, Minaj’s mother Carol Maraj filed a lawsuit for $150 million dollars against Polevich in March.

Crump and fellow attorney Paul Napoli who are representing Maraj in the case, said: “Charles Polevich was not only irresponsible and negligent in hitting Robert Maraj, but he was more concerned about running away and hiding himself than in seeking help for the man he injured. His behavior was criminal, cowardly and immoral. Through the filing of this lawsuit, we intend to hold Polevich responsible for his reckless actions and achieve justice for the victim’s widow.”