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Lee O'Denat

WorldStarHipHop website founder Lee O'Denat, aka Q, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 43. TMZ first reported the news.

The WorldStarHipHop website said O’Denat died in his sleep.

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The website also posted a tribute to the entrepreneur on its Instagram page.

"Q was a brilliant businessman who championed urban culture, ultimately creating the largest hiphop website in the world," reads the post. "But more than that, he was a devoted father and one of the nicest, most generous persons to ever grace this planet. We will miss his hearty laugh and warm spirit.

"WorldStarHipHop will continue in its various endeavors. We ask that you remember Q in your prayers and raise a toast to the sky in his name."

The website is very influential in the hip-hop community. The site has premiered content such as videos for hip-hop artists. The site is known for spotlighting up-and-coming hip-hop talent. The site also is famous for its posting of public fight videos, which has stoked some controversy.

O’Denat started out by selling mix tapes, moving later to the viral video website. Last year, the site was still pulling in more than 2 million viewers per week.

A new show inspired by the site, “World Star TV,” is scheduled to air next month on MTV2.

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