Update 7:01 p.m. EST: Some members of ASAP Mob claim ASAP Yams did not die from a drug overdose. They also noted he suffered with sleep apnea.
The unexpected death of ASAP Yams left the hip-hop community in a state of disbelief after the music producer was found dead. He was 26. Members of ASAP Mob confirmed his death on Twitter and Instagram.
The circumstances of the death of the ASAP mastermind, whose real name was Steven Rogriguez, are murky. Both his labels, Polo Grounds Music and RCA Records, released statements Sunday.
“All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of ASAP Yams,” RCA Records said in a statement, according to XLL magazine. “As one of the creative forces behind ASAP Worldwide, Yams’ vision, humor and dedication to the members of ASAP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend ASAP Yams,” Polo Grounds Music said in a separate statement. “A true visionary, Yams was a driving force in ASAP Mob. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be truly missed.”
Yams founded the ASAP Mob with ASAP Bari and ASAP Illz in 2007, the Mirror reported. ASAP Rocky joined them in 2008.
The details surrounding his death are uncertain, but Twitter users said it was likely he overdosed. Some speculated it was from a fatal mix of Xanax and codeine, though no cause of death has been confirmed. Some of their posts are below:
it's sad for asap yams to die of lean and Xanax overdose, If just one person told him to chill on it he'd still be alive
— Joshua (@Joshua__9) January 18, 2015
Damnnn dummy , asap yams died over a lean overdose tho smh
— Macaroni Tony (@ExpenssiveTaste) January 18, 2015
Asap Yams Died because of lean and xan overdose, man that's crazy. The feeling ain't worth dying over.
— Toon... (@whoistoon) January 18, 2015
ASAP Yams died because of a lean overdose?…Smh Let this be a lesson to all of you lean sippers…Its not worth dying for
— Uncle Richie Junior (@richgotaura) January 18, 2015
Damn ASAP Yams died from a codeine overdose ?
— O.M.M.I.O (@EriccLaFlare) January 18, 2015
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