Published Jan 24, 2017WorldStarHipHop founder and CEO Lee "Q" O'Denat has died. According to TMZ, he passed away in his sleep Monday night (January 23). He was 43.
UPDATE (1/25, 1:30 p.m. EST): According to the San Diego County coroner's office, O'Denat died of heart disease, with obesity considered a contributing factor, the L.A. Times reports. He was found unresponsive at massage parlour at a San Diego shopping center.
O'Denat founded WorldStarHipHop in 2005 as a mixtape hosting site. Following the site's destruction by hackers, O'Denat rebranded the site as a content aggregator that placed an emphasis on video.
The website gained recognition for hosting user-uploaded footage of street fights, public shaming and public sex acts, some of which have gone viral. In recent years, the site has also hosted track and video premieres for rappers such as Migos, Lil B and more.
O'Denat called the site the "CNN of the ghetto" in 2012. As of press time, Alexa ranks WorldStarHipHop 313th in web traffic within the United States and 1209th worldwide.
As of press time, there are no more details regarding O'Denat's passing, but stay tuned for updates.