UPDATE: WorldStar Founder Lee O'Denat Dies at San Diego Massage Parlor
UPDATE: According to The Los Angeles Times, Q, better known as the founder and CEO of WorldStarHipHop.com, did not pass away in the comfort of his own home. Instead, it is being reported that he died suddenly at a massage parlor in San Diego. The San Diego County medical examiner’s office said Lee O’Denat was at a business in a San Diego shopping center when he became unresponsive.
The cause of death has been announced as heart disease, with obesity considered a contributing factor, according to the coroner’s office. Paramedics arrived and attempted to revive him with CPR, but he was pronounced dead at about 5:30 p.m. He was only 43.
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I’ve said it, you’ve probably said it, hell, even Donald Glover made a song about it: WorldStarHipHop.
The controversial, yet highly celebrated website made millions, served as a home for street fights and risqué rap videos and was the brainchild of Lee “Q” O’Denat. According to TMZ, the founder and CEO of WorldStarHipHop has reported died in his sleep.
He was only 43-years-old.
Q, as most came to know him as, built WSHH in 2005 at the age of 33. It has since grown into a domineering video-based platform + cultural tag that attracts over 1 million unique visitors per day. Referred to as the “CNN of the Ghetto,” WSHH has been outlandish, informative, a central hub for independent musicians and creatives and an all around force outside mainstream content creation.
TMZ reports that an autopsy is scheduled for later today, but preface that with a source saying that Q might have passed away from a heart attack.
Below, read well wishes and blessings from those in hip-hop paying Q a strong farewell:
RIP to Q… Saddened by this news. Prayers up for his family and the WSHH team ??
— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) January 24, 2017
— Rudy Gong ?? (@GongzyOP) January 24, 2017
— Juan Hustle (@JuanHustle) January 24, 2017
We will continue to update this story as more develops.