WorldStarHipHop Founder, Lee “Q” O’Denat dies at the age of 43.
According to sources, O’Denat died in his sleep Monday (Jan. 23). O’Denat launched WSHH in 2005. The site is known for posting and premiering viral content such as hip-hop videos and mixtapes. WSHH serves as a platform for up-and-coming hip-hop talent. Users birthed the famous catchphrase “WorldStar” when recording events and posting them online.
The popular site has received backlash for its content in the past. O’Denat had beef with 50 Cent who claimed that he shut WSHH down after the site was briefly closed down in 2011. The cause of WSHH being shut down temporarily in 2011 was due to an internet creator named IShatOnU who filed a copyright complaint against the site.
“You don’t believe, try me, I will shut your sh– down,” said 50. 50 Cent filed a lawsuit against O’Denat in 2009 for copyright infringement. It involved an image of the rapper being used on the site’s masthead.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that the rapper was awarded partial victory in the suit in March 2014.
O’Denat’s close friend and celebrity jeweler Ben Baller posted a collage of himself with Q on Instagram as tribute to his friend.
I really am at a loss for words. I just spoke to you last night. You were more than just a friend and brother and even more than a godfather to my first born. You were my light and my inspiration. We traveled the world and I feel sometimes I owe you the world. I love you Lee Odenat. I can never thank you enough for what you have done for me and my family. It’s #WSHH forever bro. #Worldstar #Qworldstar #Queens