A$ap yams died from accidental drug intoxication, medical examiner rules

A$AP Yams’ death was the result of an accident caused by acute mixed drug intoxication, according to the Brooklyn Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica took to Twitter Thursday evening (March 19) to share the news that the A$AP Mob founder’s death was drug-induced.

Born Steven Rodriguez, Yams was the co-owner of the A$AP Worldwide label. He was found unresponsive by his roommate on January 18 and taken to Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he was pronounced dead. He was 26.

According to medical experts, the combined use of opiates and benzodiazepine (benzos) is fairly common and deadly.

“It’s actually pretty rare to see somebody only using only one,” said Dr. Michael Kelley, the medical director of the behavioral department at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, ME. “Benzodiazepines and the opiates both can cause death when you take too much of them. But they potentiate each other — they make each other stronger. And so one plus one doesn’t equal two; it equals three or four.”

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