Problem with initializing struct properly

I want to include the RaspberryPi ws281x C library in my project to control WS2811 RGB LED strips.
Importing the library is working fine but I have quite the issue with properly initializing some structs. I’m pretty lost where to even find the proper syntax, I did a lot of googling but didn’t get very far.

What I want to at first is getting the sample application going that comes with the library. See: https://github.com/richardghirst/rpi_ws281x/blob/master/main.c

My main issue is this. How do I do what is done below the C++ way?

ws2811_t ledstring =
{
    .freq = TARGET_FREQ,
    .dmanum = DMA,
    .channel =
    {
        [0] =
        {
            .gpionum = GPIO_PIN,
            .count = LED_COUNT,
            .invert = 0,
            .brightness = 255,
        },
        [1] =
        {
            .gpionum = 0,
            .count = 0,
            .invert = 0,
            .brightness = 0,
        },
    },
};

The way this is initialized is C specific and doesn’t compile in any current C++ standard.
So far I only ever used my own structs and also never used typedef, so I’m just confused the way structs are defined here.

The struct(s) that gets initialized above is defined in this way. See: https://github.com/richardghirst/rpi_ws281x/blob/master/ws2811.h

typedef struct
{
    int gpionum;                          //< GPIO Pin with PWM alternate function
    int invert;                           //< Invert output signal
    int count;                            //< Number of LEDs, 0 if channel is unused
    int brightness;                       //< Brightness value between 0 and 255
    ws2811_led_t *leds;                   //< LED buffers, allocated by driver based on count
} ws2811_channel_t;

typedef struct
{
    struct ws2811_device *device;                //< Private data for driver use
    uint32_t freq;                               //< Required output frequency
    int dmanum;                                  //< DMA number _not_ already in use
    ws2811_channel_t channel[RPI_PWM_CHANNELS];
} ws2811_t;

What I tried was this:

ws2811_led_t matrix[WIDTH][HEIGHT];
ws2811_channel_t channel0 = {GPIO_PIN,LED_COUNT,0,255,*matrix};
ws2811_t ledstring = {nullptr,TARGET_FREQ,DMA,channel0};

That compiles but results in a malloc error when I come to actually “render” to the LED strip:

int x, y;

    for (x = 0; x < WIDTH; x++)
    {
        for (y = 0; y < HEIGHT; y++)
        {
            cout << "LEDs size: " << (y * WIDTH) + x << endl;
            ledstring.channel[0].leds[(y * WIDTH) + x] = matrix[x][y];
        }
    }

Results in this error message after the loop construct finishes:

malloc(): memory corruption (fast): 0x021acaa8

Got an answer here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/30078300/initializing-typedef-struct-from-c-library-properly-in-c/30078804#30078878