A thoughtful tribute. Nicki Minaj addressed the death of her father, Robert Maraj, three months after he was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

“[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,” the 38-year-old Grammy nominee wrote in a message to fans on Friday, May 14, to celebrate the rerelease of her Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape. “I find myself wanting to call him all the time. More so now that he’s gone. Life is funny that way.”

The rapper continued, “May his soul rest in paradise. He was very loved & will be very missed. … It’s been a min since I wrote a letter & I know how much u guys love them. I love you dearly. Miss you so much. Thank you … for everything.”

Her dad’s passing wasn’t the only one that made an impact on her this year. Minaj noted that learning of DMX’s death “hit [her] like a ton of bricks” when it made headlines in April.

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