A$AP Mob Founder A$AP Yams Found Dead at 26

Photo credit: A$APMob.com

The rap community is mourning the loss of A$AP Yams, a founding member of New York rap collective A$AP Mob, who has died at the age of 26.

In a statement, RCA Records (via Rolling Stonewrote:

“All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams. As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams’ vision, humor and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”

Polo Grounds Music wrote in a statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend A$AP Yams. A true visionary, Yams was a driving force in A$AP Mob. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be truly missed.”

The cause of the death has yet to be confirmed, however Yams, who’s real name was Steven Rodriguez, had struggled with drug addiction in recent years, particularly codeine and Xanax. The A$AP mogul entered a rehab facility in July 2014 to curb his habit. However, Yams’ last tweet on January 16th was “Bodeine Brazy,” a nod to his drug of choice.

All of the A$AP collective have taken to Instagram to mourn the loss of their founder, including their most famous member A$AP Rocky who shared the following:

R.I.P YAMS, I LOVE YOU BROTHER

A photo posted by PRETTY FLACKO (@asvpxrocky) on

The rest of the hip hop community have shown their condolences via social media:

 

Check out A$AP Yam’s final interview below:

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