Lee “Q” O’Denat, founder and CEO of World Star Hip-Hop, passes away at 43

Lee O'Denat

UPDATE (1/25/2017): Though initial reports stated that Lee O’Denat passed away in his San Diego apartment, new details have emerged that place his death in a massage parlor. According to the LA Times, the media mogul was found unresponsive in the parlor Monday afternoon. Despite attempts from medical personnel, he was unable to be revived. As originally speculated, the cause of death is being stated as “heart failure”. Read an excerpt from the LA Times piece below:

The San Diego County medical examiner’s office said O’Denat was at a business in a San Diego shopping center — identified by police as a massage parlor — when he became unresponsive. Paramedics arrived and attempted to revive him with CPR, but he was pronounced dead about 5:30 p.m. The cause of death is heart disease, with obesity considered a contributing factor, according to the coroner’s office.

(1/24/2017): In this new age of hip-hop, the Internet has become the prime way to connect with the culture. WorldStarHipHop has been a flagship provider of all things hip-hop since 2005, bringing us music news, pop culture tidbits, celebrity fueds, and of course, fight videos ranging from the hilarious to the hair-raising. None of it would be possible without its founder, Lee O’Denat, who unfortunately has passed away today at the tender age of 43.

Initial reports state that “Q“, as he was known by friends and family, passed in his sleep early this morning, being found in his apartment in San Diego. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack, with a formal autopsy being performed later this evening. The mogul created WorldStar, a media he once referred to as the “CNN of the ghetto”, in 2005 after leaving a job at Circuit City and a few trial-and-error mixtape download sites. Of course, it didn’t take long for World Star to stake its claim as a bohemoth figure in the hip-hop community. The media site has become so unanimous with urban culture that rappers have come to mention it in songs, rep it’s logo, and even release exclusive videos through the site.

WorldStar has released an official statement about Q’s untimely passing, saying, “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.

Q is survived by his three children, and he leaves a lasting legacy of humor, devotion, and love for the culture that he so prominently gave back to. We hope you rest in peace, Lee. Thank you for all of the laughs and fun!