Today in Tha Wire the world of hip-hop is still stunned by the untimely death of Worldstarhiphop founder, Lee “Q” O’Denat.  Launched in 2005, Worldstar was originally intended for posting rap mixtapes.  As time went on it gradually became the go-to site, for all kinds of videos, from music to fight clips and any other crazy amatuer camera footage out there.

The Los Angeles Times reports the internet mogul was only 43-yrs old when he died and was found unresponsive on Monday at a San Diego massage parlor. Police told the paper paramedics were called out to the scene and tried to resuscitate him, but couldn't.  The San Diego County medical examiner’s office confirmed the cause of death was heart disease and obesity was a contributing factor.

It's heartbreaking news, because Q had been working on getting his weight down and leading a healthier lifestyle.  TMZ reported he had been going H.A.M. at the gym for the last few weeks, getting in shape for an upcoming gig.  As it turns out Q and MTV were gearing up to premiere a new Worldstarhiphop TV series, that was set to air this Spring. It's unclear if the music network plan on moving forward with the show now that he's gone, but whatever they decide I will try and keep you posted.  Meanwhile MTV execs issued the following statement in the wake of his death;

“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Lee “Q” O’Denat, a wonderful man with a big heart and enormous passion who built a world class brand in WorldStar. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

 

We too offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family.

On a much brighter note this is turning out to be a HUGE month for Jay Z.  For starters the iconic rapper sold a portion his streaming music service, TIDAL, to Sprint for $200 million.  Now comes word Hov came out onto in a lawsuit over Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, Dez Bryant.

Official Brands sued his sports management company, Roc Nation Sports, in April of 2015.  They claimed the iconic rapper stole the NFL star and interfered with a contract between Bryant and them.  Luckily for Jay, a judge over the case didn't see it that way. Plus it's being reported that errors made by their own legal team is said to have cost them a win.  So Jay made off like a bandit.

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