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Q from Worldstar who’s real name is Lee O’ Denat has passed away.
According to TMZ, the founder and CEO of one of the biggest webites on the internet – WorldStar died in his sleep. The initial report says that he died of a heart attack. An autopsy is allegedly scheduled for today.
Back in 2005, “Q” started up the website which was built to deliver brand new mixtapes to fans. It later matured into a place where many can see different videos from the underground street hip hop culture. With a mix of music videos, fight videos, beef, and more.
New York Times just did a profile on him in which he described the nature of the site.
“Hip-hop is for the sex, the drugs, the violence, the beefs, the culture,” Mr. O’Denat said. “That’s the competitiveness of hip-hop, so I felt like the site needed to be R-rated.”
On January 10, it was announced that the website would be coming to television with a new series on MTV2 hosted by All Def Comedy Jam’s Chris Powell. WorldstarTV was set to premiere February 3 at 11p.m. EST.
There is no word yet on the cause of his passing. He was 43-years-old.
Just one hour ago he posted the following message on Instagram.
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.