SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say Lee O’Denat, who founded the popular website, died of natural causes.

The 43-year-old died suddenly at a San Diego massage parlor in January.

The medical examiner’s office said Tuesday that O’Denat was obese and had a severe buildup of plaque near his heart, which contributed to his death. The Los Angeles Times reports toxicology tests showed marijuana use but no other drugs or alcohol were detected.

O’Denat founded WorldStarHipHop in 2005. The content aggregator offers hip-hop and viral videos. It has taken heat for sexual and violent content.

Rapper 50 Cent won a lawsuit against O’Denat for using his image without permission.

The site inspired the yell “World Star!,” shouted when something — often a fight — is worthy of being recorded.

The website said operations will continue.

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3 thoughts on “ Founder’s Cause Of Death Revealed

  1. There is nothing NATURAL about dying at 43 years of age. We now live in a society where tolerance is running a muck. Fat shaming IS wrong but at least in the past overweight people tried to control their weight, but not we give 600 people their own TV shows, and their weight is killing them. The physical frame is not built to carry that tonnage, nor are our vital organs able to function under such pressure.

    • Same thing I was thinking. The only “natural” death is when someone gets so old, that their body parts wear out, or, in rare cases, a younger person simply, for no evident reason just goes to sleep and doesn’t wake up. Sadly obesity and the related illnesses that come with it, are not unusual in today’s society. However, it’s by no stretch of the imagination natural.

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