US rapper Nicki Minaj's father has been killed by a hit-and-run driver in New York.

According to a police statement it was confirmed that Robert Maraj was walking along a road in Long Island on Friday night when he was hit by a vehicle.

After the driver left the scene, the 64-year-old was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead the next day.

Officers from Nassau County Police Department say "the investigation is ongoing", and the rapper has yet to make any public statements on the matter.

The statement didn't say Robert Maraj was Nicki Minaj's dad, but a police spokesman confirmed to AFP that he was her father.

The rapper - whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty - was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in the Queens borough of New York City.

She's been nominated for 10 Grammys, won five MTV Video Music Awards and broken the record for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries by a solo female artist.