The hip hop community mourns Lee "Q" O'Denat.
WorldStar architect Lee "Q" O'Denat passed away in his sleep Tuesday morning at the age of 43.
In a statement released on Instagram, WorldStar described him as "a brilliant businessman who championed urban culture." A host of artists and prominent industry figures, including 2 Chainz, T.I., DJ Khaled, Mistah FAB, Styles P, and Juicy J, shared condolences and tributes for Q and his family on social media. Ben Baller, for whom Q was a mentor and the godfather to his child, shared a particularly touching tribute.
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With profound sadness, WorldStarHipHop and its employees, state that Lee ODenat, known as “Q”, the founder, leader and genius behind the website and brand has passed in San Diego. Q was a brilliant businessman who championed urban culture, ultimately creating the largest hiphop website in the world. 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.
RIP @qworldstar 🙏🏽 God bless ya family & friends. You was a real solid,stand-up dude. We can't thank you enough for all you've done for all of US!!! You were always pleasant & positive through all the madness. You built a brand that changed the course of culture. Your legacy will live on. On behalf of The Harris Family, BankRoll Mafia & The Hustle Gang, We offer our truest & deepest condolences. With Love & Respect. Rest Easy King. #RIPQ
BLESS UP @qworldstar 🙏! You are amazing ! @qworldstar you are a inspiration to all of us . Thank you for always supporting us from day 1 on everything we have been apart of .. every time I see you I made sure I thanked you ! My prayers go out to you 👑and your family.. @qworldstar u are good man! GOD BLESS YOU 🙏
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
The big homie Q from world star has passed??— STAN PABLO (@MistahFAB) January 24, 2017
Nothing but love and respect when he and I crossed paths
Condolences to his fam
Rest up @QWorldStar and thank you on behalf of our culture. Really appreciate the legacy & platform you left for us to use 👑— KING CHIP (@Chip216) January 24, 2017
Rest in Peace to Q from Worldstar. Condolences to his family and the hard working staff over at Worldstar.— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) January 24, 2017
Rip Q from Worldstar damn I'm mad sad right now god bless the family— N.O.R.E (@noreaga) January 24, 2017
Q always gave me the big box for a few days love is love— ghost (@therealstylesp) January 24, 2017
R.I.P. Q (owner of @WORLDSTAR) prayers up for the family— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) January 24, 2017
unbelievable. i just talked to q two weeks ago & congratulated him on the tv series. the NICEST guy. prayers to his family. 😢 pic.twitter.com/TMNGiMD1ZN— brian b.dot™ miller (@bdotTM) January 24, 2017
R.i.P WorldStar Q— its DOLPHHHHHH! (@YoungDolph) January 24, 2017
Rest In Power 🙏🏾 @QWorldStar— Stalley (@Stalley) January 24, 2017