Founding member of rap collective A$AP Mob was found dead earlier this week
The cause of A$AP Yams’ death, who was found dead in his home earlier this week, is still unknown, the NYPD and medical examiners have confirmed.
As Fader reports, police responded to a 911 call placed by A$AP Yams’ roommate on Sunday morning after he found the 26-year-old rapper laying unconscious and unresponsive. There were no apparent signs of trauma, the police report says.
Julie Bolcer, a spokesperson for the public affairs department of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, said an initial examination was performed on the body, and that “following the examination, the cause and manner of death are pending further studies.” Results from a more thorough autopsy will be known in the next few weeks.
In a recent interview with Vlad TV (which you can watch below), Yams’ friend, A$AP Ant, said his death was not drug-related. “It ain’t no overdose, he said. “People keep talking about he overdosed off Xanax or whatever and lean. No. That’s not what happened.”
The rapper, whose real name was Steven Rodriguez, was the founding member of A$AP Mob. News of his death was announced earlier this week by fellow members of the rap collective, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg, via Instagram. “R.I.P YAMS, I LOVE YOU BROTHER,” posted Rocky alongside a picture of Rodriguez. “R.i.P Bro see you in paradise,” wrote Ferg.
Yams was instrumental in the formation of A$AP Mob in 2007 and the group went on to release the 2012 mixtape ‘Lords Never Worry’. He is also credited as being a key figure in Rocky’s solo success, telling The New York Times in 2013 that “Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker, and I’m Yoda”.