WorldStarHipHop Founder Lee 'Q' O'Denat Dies at 43

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 03:  Worldstar Hip Hop CEO Lee "Q" O'Denat arrives at the pre-fight party for "The Moment: Mayweather vs Maidana" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)

WorldStarHipHop Founder Lee 'Q' O'Denat Dies at 43

He founded the successful enterprise in 2005.

Published January 24, 2017

Lee "Q" O'Denat, best known as the founder of the widely successful media enterprise WorldStarHipHop, has passed away. He was 43.

According to TMZ, the CEO passed away in his sleep Monday night (Jan. 24). At the time of this report, details regarding his untimely death remain scarce.

O'Denat founded the trailblazing website back in 2005, which went on to grow tremendously from its humble beginnings sharing mixtapes to becoming a household name and vital resource for hip-hop media.

The off-the-beaten-path hub for pop culture often is regarded as a go-to site for both news and humor alike. WSHH is most reputed for its insane video footage, with countless video clips going on to reach viral fame and help independent artists gain exposure along the way.

The site laid a unique foundation for hip-hop youth to learn of new music and trends, as well as become a meme in and of itself, with people yelling, "Worldstar!" when something crazy or hilarious was being filmed.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Q and his family during this difficult time.

Written by KC Orcutt

(Photo: Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)

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