The founder of popular African-American website, WorldStarHipHop, Lee O’Denat, has died at the age of 43.
According to the Los Angeles Times, O’Denat was a massage parlor when he became “unresponsive.”
Obesity was identified as a contributory factor in the death by the San Diego County medical examiner’s office. The primary cause was heart disease.
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WorldStarHipHop aggregates viral content, usually fights and hip-hop videos, and was founded by O’Denat in 2005.
A post on the website’s Facebook page reads: “With profound sadness, WorldStarHipHop and its employees, state that Lee ODenat, known as “Q”, the founder, leader and genius behind the website and brand has passed in San Diego. Q was a brilliant businessman who championed urban culture, ultimately creating the largest hiphop website in the world. But more than that, he was a devoted father and one of the nicest, most generous persons to ever grace this planet. We will miss his hearty laugh and warm spirit. WorldStarHipHop will continue in its various endeavors. We ask that you remember Q in your prayers and raise a toast to the sky in his name.”
Rest in peace, Q.