WorldStarHipHop Founder Lee O’Denat Dies At 43

Lee O'Denat WorldStarHipHopTMZ first reported that Lee “Q” O’Denat, Founder of WorldStarHipHop, died in his sleep Monday night (Jan. 23). He was 43.

It has been reported that Q was at a massage parlor at a San Diego shopping center when he became unresponsive. The LA Times reports paramedics arrived on the scene and tried to administer CPR, but he was pronounced dead at 5:30pm.

According to the coroner’s office, Q died of heart disease, with obesity being a contributing factor.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for all Americans, and stroke is also a leading cause of death. As frightening as those statistics are the risks of getting those diseases are even higher for African-Americans.

The good news is, African-Americans can improve their odds of preventing and beating these diseases by understanding the risks and taking simple steps to address them.

With obesity being a contributing factor to heart disease, African-Americans are disproportionately affected by obesity. Among non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 63 percent of men and 77 percent of women are overweight or obese.

WorldStarHipHip is a popular website known for posting mixtapes, footage of fights and music videos. While Q was often criticized for highlighting Black culture in a negative light, he played an influential role in the hip hip community, as artists would premiere their new music on the site.