Steven Rogriguez, aka A$AP Yams, has died age 26. The cause of death is unknown.

"All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams," reads a statement from the label. "As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams’ vision, humor and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends."

A$AP Yams was a founding member of A$AP Mob, and a the co-owner of A$AP Worldwide. Back in 2013, The New York Times profiled Yams, calling him "Hip-Hop's Spirit Guide". To say he was influential in building the A$AP empire, would be one hell of an understatement.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.