Lee O’Denat, founder of the influential website WorldStarHipHop.com is dead.
Q who was 43, is reported to have died on Monday in San Diego and according to CNN the cause of death has been listed as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
TMZ first reported his death on Tuesday and just today a post on the WORLDSTARHIPHOP twitter page confirmed the reports.
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.
Q who founded the popular hip-hop website in 2005 when he started posting mix tapes, which gradually progressed into a mash-up of hip-hop videos, fight clips and other outrageous camera footage categorized his site as “the CNN of the ghetto”
The site became known for user-uploaded videos of street fights, so much so that its name became a meme in itself with parody videos made by fans surfacing. It now combines user-uploaded videos with current affairs news, including coverage of Black Lives Matter.
Though some were of the view that his site painted a bad picture about the USA (with the violence videos) he always maintained that he was telling it like it really is.
His website also became a platform where both underground and major hip-hop artists like 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, and Rick Ross would debut their music videos first.
In recent years, O’Denat had sought deals to bring WorldStar further into the mainstream. MTV2 announced earlier this month that a series based on the site, “WorldStar TV,” was set to premiere Feb. 3.
Watch his last video on The Breakfast Club show below where he talks about his life after dropping out of school and his website
He dropped out of Highsc