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Q from Worldstar

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TMZ reports that WorldStarHipHop founder Lee O’Denat, known as “Q,” has died at just 43 years old. Sources say the popular CEO passed away Monday night in his sleep.

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Although it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not the cause of death was a heart attack like one source reported, an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday evening. The Queens, New York native started WorldStarHipHop in 2005 as a platform for mixtapes, however the site evolved to become a hub for music videos and outrageous clips.

In a 2015 article with the New York Times, Q explained his vision for the company, saying, “Hip-hop is for the sex, the drugs, the violence, the beefs, the culture. That’s the competitiveness of Hip Hop, so I felt like the site needed to be R-rated.”

News of Q’s death comes just weeks before the February 3 premiere of Worldstar TV on MTV2.

Rest in peace, Q! You will be missed. Founder Q Found Dead  was originally published on