Lee ‘Q’ O’Denat, Founder of WorldStarHipHop, Dies

Lee Odenat World Star deathLee ‘Q’ O’Denat, the creative mastermind behind WorldStarHipHop, has died.

The 43-year-old passed away in his sleep on January 23, according to TMZ. Sources told the site that he died from a heart attack. The site also reports that an autopsy is scheduled for today.

O’Denat started the site in 2005, originally as a way to distribute mixtapes. It was eventually destroyed by hackers, then re-branded and became the hub for hip-hop beefs, fight videos, internet models and other urban and hip-hop focused content.

Q’s sudden death comes not long after the announcement that World Star will be making its way to MTV2 in February- its first time in a TV format. The weekly series, hosted by All Def Comedy Jam’s Chris Powell, will compile original sketches, man-on-the-street segments and celebrity guests from the hottest names in rap and hip-hop.

Fans of Q’s have already started reacting to the founder’s sudden death on social media:

Photo Credit: Lee ‘Q’ O’Denat/Twitter