The cause of death for Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez has been revealed. The New York City chief medical examiner has ruled that the A$AP Mob founder and hip-hop tastemaker died of an acute mixed-drug intoxication, including opiates and benzodiazepine, according to The New York Times.
Yams was found unresponsive in his Brooklyn apartment on the morning of January 18th and rushed to nearby Woodhull Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The 26-year-old was open about his struggles with drug addiction in recent years, and he entered a rehab facility in July 2014 to help kick his habit. But Yams stumbled on his road to recovery, and the last tweet he sent out, just two days before he died, was “Bodeine Brazy,” a nod to one of his drugs of choice.
“You will be missed, bro,” A$AP Ferg wrote on Instagram following news of Yams’ passing. “We done touched a lot of ground together, landed on a lot of different soil. You will always be loved, and your spirit will live on!” At the South by Southwest festival, A$AP Rocky, the Mob’s most prominent member, revealed that the late Rodriguez would be listed alongside Danger Mouse as an executive producer on the rapper’s upcoming album.
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, days following Yams’ death, A$AP Rocky cut a performance short after two songs because he was still mourning his friend and collaborator. “I was fucked up then,” Rocky told Billboard. “I’m getting back into things. I’m not fully there but shit takes time.”