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Celebrities and Fans Mourn Sudden Death of WorldStarHipHop Founder at 43

Lee “Q” O’Denat (Hot 98.3/Facebook)

Fans and celebrities around the nation are mourning the death of Lee “Q” O’Denat, the founder of WorldStarHipHop, who died of heart disease Jan. 23, at the age of 43.

O’Denat became unresponsive while at a San Diego, Calif., massage parlor Monday, the San Diego County Coroner’s Office told the Los Angeles Times. Paramedics tried and failed to resuscitate him with CPR and the medical examiner’s office concluded obesity was a contributing factor in his death. TMZ had previously reported that O’Denat died in his sleep.

O’Denat rose to fame in 2005 after establishing WorldStar, which has since become known for its crowd-sourced fight videos, Black entertainment news and music videos. In a 2014 interview with The Huffington Post, O’Denat acknowledged the criticism WSHH has received over its user-submitted content and sexually explicit materials.

“It’s hip-hop and anything with that name is going to be scrutinized a bit more,” he said. “Whether people like it or not, we’re showing the realities in which we live. People don’t like the truth, and sometimes it’s in your face. This country has become so obsessed with trying to deliver everything wrapped up in a nice blanket like we’re in a wonderland, and we show everyone that is not the case.”

Sources told TMZ O’Denat was working out in the gym in recent weeks to gear up for an MTV2 show about WorldStar, called “WorldStar TV,” premiering Feb. 3. WorldStarHipHop tweeted a statement on its CEO’s death Tuesday, Jan. 24, saying it will “continue in its various endeavors.”

Celebrities have offered their condolences online, including comedian Chris Powell, the host of “World Star TV,” T.I. and Charlamange Tha God.

Fans also expressed sadness over O’Denat’s death.

https://twitter.com/ItsYaBoyAyoTaye/status/823992492324327424

At least one person wasn’t feeling much pity for O’Denat.

https://twitter.com/Bdell1014/status/824009866515714049

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