WORLDSTARHIPHOP FOUNDER DEAD AT 43
WorldStarHipHop founder Lee O'Denat -- known as "Q" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.
We're told Q, the face and CEO of WorldStar, died in his sleep Monday night.
Q founded the premiere hip-hop website in 2005 when he started posting mixtapes, which gradually progressed into a mash-up of hip-hop videos, fight clips and other outrageous camera footage.
An autopsy is scheduled for later Tuesday ... although one source tells us Q died of a heart attack.
He was 43.
WORLDSTARHIPHOP FOUNDER WAS ON WEIGHT LOSS KICK BEFORE DEATH (UPDATE)
4:05 PM PT -- Q did die from a heart attack, according to the San Diego County Coroner. Autopsy results also list "obesity" as a contributing condition. He failed to respond to CPR, and was pronounced dead on the scene.
WorldStarHipHop founder Lee O'Denat -- better known as "Q" -- had been on a fierce path to slim down in the weeks leading up to his death.
We're told Q, the face of WorldStar, had been going HAM in the gym and on the treadmill -- sometimes at 5 AM. People close to him say he was over 300 lbs. at his heaviest, but had been trying to shed weight to look his best for his new MTV reality show ... slated to premiere in the Spring.
The show revolved around 43-year-old Q, his website's crazy videos and celebrity guest appearances. We're told Q had been telling friends how insanely busy he'd been juggling the show and his new gym life.
TMZ broke the story, Q died in his sleep Monday night. An autopsy is set for Tuesday.