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A$AP Mob’s A$AP Rocky has come forward to speak out on his late pal A$AP Yams amid recent reports claiming he passed away from a drug-related incident.

Instead of avoiding the topic, Rocky admitted Yams had a problem with drugs.

“He always had a struggle with drugs,” Rocky said. “That was his thing.” Rocky believes Yams’s death was also caused, partly, by apnea and other sleep-related difficulties. “There would be times that I would catch Yams choking on his own tongue,” he said. Several close friends and associates had tried to ease Yams away from drugs, but with little success. “Sometimes he would be adamant about stopping,” Rocky said. “He’d go a month, two months.” (New York Times)

Check out what A$AP Ferg said about Yams’ legacy on the next page…

This week, A$AP Ferg said the late A$AP Mob founder’s spirit would live on with his crew.

“I feel his spirit every time I walk out the house,” Ferg tells VIBE. “I talk to his moms like every day. There’s not a day that goes past that I don’t think about Yams. Like I said on my Instagram, ‘Your body is just a shell, your spirit is here forever.’ I really believe that Yams is still here with us, rockin’ with us. He’s the reason why we’re always safe at our shows, and why we keep climbin’ to the top. He foreseen a lot of this stuff. He was Yoda, bro.” (VIBE)

Last week, New York Times writer Jon Caramanica claimed Yams passed away from mixed drug intoxication on social media.

According to reports, Yams’ funeral service went down in late January in New York City.

On Sunday, late A$AP Mob founder Steven Rodriguez, aka A$AP Yams, was celebrated with a quiet memorial service at New York’s famous Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, an Upper East Side funeral home that has in the past hosted similar such sendoffs for celebrities like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Ed Koch, Judy Garland, John Lennon, Heath Ledger, Aaliyah, Notorious B.I.G., and most recently, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joan Rivers. (The FADER)