Lee O'Denat

*When Lee “Q” O’Denat, the man behind the notorious website WorldStarHipHop, died suddenly on Jan 23, not only did it come as a shock, but there were no details released as to the cause of death.

Now, according to the autopsy results, O’Denat, 43, died from natural causes. The Los Angeles Times reports that O’Denat’s morbid obesity, a metal stint near his right coronary artery and a severe buildup of plaque around his heart were contributing factors to his passing.

His sister said that he had a history of heart issues, including a myocardial infarction about eight years ago.

O’Denat, who weighed 345 pounds at the time of his death, also had an enlarged liver and fatty liver disease, according to the Times’ report.

The report says the WSHH founder, who was a regular at VIP Massage in San Diego, was found by the masseuse after a 30-minute massage in a slumped over position, with his head leaning against the wall.

A native of Queens, O’Denat founded WorldStar in 2005. He transformed it into a more curated form of YouTube, with music, police videos, and clips of violent fights and sex in public locations.


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Some criticized the site for casting a negative spotlight on black and urban communities, but O’Denat defended the site’s aggregation of spectacles.

“Hip-hop is for the sex, the drugs, the violence, the beefs, the culture,” he told the New York Times in 2015. “That’s the competitiveness of hip-hop, so I felt like the site needed to be R-rated.”

He added: “People may be offended by some of the content, but, hey, the Internet is not a censorship boat. We’re the Carnival cruise, man. You don’t have to log on.”

“Q was a brilliant businessman who championed urban culture, ultimately creating the largest hip-hop website in the world,” WorldStar said in a statement after news of their founder’s death spread. “But more than that, he was a devoted father and one of the nicest, most generous persons to ever grace this planet.” He left behind three children.