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A$AP Yams Died of Accidental Drug Overdose

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A$AP Yams (far left) with A$AP Mob backstage at the HARD summer music festival at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on Aug. 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 

A$AP Yams, a founding member of New York rap collective A$AP Mob, died from an acute mixed drug intoxication, Billboard can confirm

The late hip-hop executive had a cocktail of drugs in his system, including opiates and benzodiazepine, a spokeswoman for New York City's chief medical examiner confirmed to Billboard in an email. 

A$AP Yams, Founder of A$AP Mob, Mourned by Hip-Hop Community

Yams (real name Steven Rodriguez) played a pivotal role in the formation of the rap collective in 2007, and helped launch the careers of fellow A$AP Mob members A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. In 2013, he told the New York Times that "Rocky's like Luke Skywalker, and I'm Yoda." In turn, Rocky referred to Yams as the "mastermind behind the scenes."

Yams was found unresponsive in his New York apartment on Jan. 18. He died at the age of just 26. The chief medical examiner has declared his death an "accident."