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As if losing a loved one isn't hard enough, these renowned singers and actors have to deal with the shocking and horrifying manner of their parents' deaths.

AceShowbiz - It was only recently that Nicki Minaj started to experience the joy of motherhood, but now she has to part ways with one of her family members. Her father Robert Maraj died unexpectedly after becoming the victim of hit-and-run accident on New York's Long Island. The 64-year-old father of the raptress was walking along Roslyn Road in Mineola when he was struck by a car at 6:15 P.M. on February 12. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and later succumbed to his injuries.

On February 17, a man accused of killing the "Anaconda" hitmaker's dad, Charles Polevich, turned himself to police and was subsequently charged for leaving the scene of an incident and tampering with physical evidence. According to police investigation, Charles got out of his car after hitting Robert. But instead of calling 911, he "went home and secluded the vehicle," said Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick. Charles has been released on bail, but was asked to surrender his passport.

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