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WorldStarHipHop Founder Lee “Q” O’Denat Dies at 43

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The founder of WorldStarHipHop, Lee O’Denat, more popularly known as “Q,” has died at age 43, Billboard.com has confirmed. TMZ.com first reported the news, saying that he died in his sleep on Monday.

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Q founded the premiere hip-hop website in 2005. Initially beginning as an outlet for mixtapes, the site quickly grew to not only include outrageous fight scenes but it also became a leading source of entertainment news.

An autopsy is scheduled for later Tuesday, although TMZ reported that a source informed them that Q died of a heart attack.

Members of the World Star team confirmed the news on Twitter, describing Q as a “devoted father and one of the nicest, most generous persons to ever grace this planet.”

For all the backlash that the site has received from the Black community, Q was able to establish WSHH as one of the leading entertainment sites right when the Internet boom was taking off. Industry peers and friends flocked to social media to share their condolences.