A$AP Yams, the founder of A$AP Mob—a hip-hop collective whose most famous members include A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg—has passed away, The Fader reports. He was 26 years old; the cause of death is unknown.

In a 2013 interview with The New York Times, Yams, whose legal name is Steven Rodriguez, described himself as the Yoda to A$AP Rocky's Luke Skywalker. Members of the collective registered their grief on social media.

No information has been released yet about the cause of Yams' death; however, his extensive drug use was well known. "I got to chill," he had told the Times. "It's not a good look up there in the office. They're not gonna have any faith."

Last summer, in a response to a question on Tumblr asking whether he had gone to rehab, Yams wrote that he had been clean since late July. He subsequently deleted the post.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend A$AP Yams," Polo Grounds Music, A$AP Mob's record label, said in a statement to The Fader. "A true visionary, Yams was a driving force in A$AP Mob. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be truly missed."

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