According to TMZ, WorldStarHipHop founder Lee "Q" O'Denat has died at the age of 43. The site reports that O'Denat passed away in his sleep on Monday night. Q founded WorldStar in 2005 and helped grow the visionary website to one of hip-hop's most notable websites for its viral and controversial content. In our 2013 interview with Q, he spoke about the motivation to start WorldStar:
"It was more of a blog with videos, editorial, and just anything relevant of the day. We noticed that it kept growing and growing. Because we were not just being like other boring hip-hop sites. I wanted to push buttons, you know. Because hip-hop is known for that. Profanity, pushing buttons, crossing lines. 2 Live Crew, Eminem, NWA. So I'm like, this is hip-hop."
UPDATE: WorldStarHipHop issued a statement Tuesday afternoon on Twitter confirming O'Denat's passing:
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