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Nicki Minaj has been mourning the lack of her father Robert Maraj since he died in February.
On Sunday, the 10-time Grammy Award nominee, 38, wished her late father a cheerful birthday on Instagram. “Joyful Birthday Daddy,” Minaj wrote within the caption. “Miss u a lot. A lot. So a lot. Relaxation In Peace. Oh my God.”
Her rep beforehand confirmed to PEOPLE that Maraj died on Feb. 12 after he was struck in a hit-and-run accident in Lengthy Island, New York. He was 64.
The Beam Me Up Scotty rapper just lately broke her silence in regards to the loss of life of her father, releasing a prolonged assertion on her web site. “Tho I can not actually deliver myself to debate the passing of my father as but; I can say it has been essentially the most devastating lack of my life,” she wrote.
“I discover myself eager to name him on a regular basis,” the mother of 1 continued. “Extra so now that he is gone. Life is humorous that means. Could his soul relaxation in paradise. He was very beloved & will likely be very missed.”
Nassau County Police recognized 70-year-old Charles Polevich as the driving force within the hit-and-run that killed Maraj just a few days after his loss of life. Polevich was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality and tampering with proof.
In February, Polevich pleaded not responsible and was launched on a $250,000 bond, his lawyer Michael Scotto instructed CNN.
Minaj’s mom, Carol Maraj, has filed a $150 million lawsuit in opposition to Polevich within the state Supreme Courtroom. “Polevich’s habits was legal, cowardly, and immoral,” her lawyer Ben Crump stated in an announcement. “We are going to maintain him chargeable for his reckless actions that led to Robert Maraj’s loss of life!”
The Queen artist has been open about her tumultuous relationship together with her father prior to now, revealing that he was abusive towards her mom and he suffered from drug and alcohol habit.
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“I used to be disappointed in my father, I simply needed him to be Daddy and be the blissful individual that I remembered, and I used to be afraid, very afraid, that one thing would occur to my mother,” she told Rolling Stone in 2010. “I had nightmares about it.”
Minaj and her father reconciled after he sought assist for his habit points. “He went to rehab and cleaned himself up. Finally [my parents] began going to church quite a bit, and he received saved and began altering his life,” she told The Guardian in 2012. “He is away from medicine now. He does not instill concern in folks anymore.”