Irish Grinstead, a renowned singer from the beloved ’90s R&B group 702, has sadly passed away at the age of 43.
The heart-wrenching news was shared by her sister and fellow 702 group member, LeMisha Grinstead, who conveyed the somber message to fans through an Instagram post on a Saturday.
A Tribute to a Battle Fought
LeMisha Grinstead’s heartfelt post expressed the deep sorrow of losing her sister and friend, acknowledging the long and arduous battle that Irish had endured.
She described Irish as a shining star both inside and out, emphasizing her inner beauty and the joy of sharing the stage with her. LeMisha’s message was a poignant tribute to her sister’s memory, concluding with a request for prayers and respect for the family’s privacy during this time of grieving.
Details Surrounding Irish’s Passing Awaited
As of now, the exact cause of Irish’s passing remains undisclosed. The circumstances leading to her demise remain a private matter for the family to address.
Challenges on the Journey
In December 2022, the girl group 702 had informed their fans via Instagram that Irish would be taking a ‘medical leave of absence due to serious medical issues’ in preparation for their upcoming performances. This revelation hinted at the challenges Irish had been facing in her health journey.
A Twin Sister’s Shadow
Tragically, Irish’s twin sister, Orish Grinstead, had also passed away at a young age. Orish succumbed to kidney failure in 2008 when she was just 27 years old, leaving a profound mark on the family.
702’s Musical Legacy
702, the R&B group that Irish Grinstead was a part of, made their debut in 1996 with their album “No Doubt.” The group derived its name from the Las Vegas area code, symbolizing their hometown.
The original lineup featured the Grinstead sisters and Kameelah Williams. Their single “Steelo,” featuring Missy Elliott, gained fame as the theme song for Nickelodeon’s “Cousin Skeeter.” Subsequently, their self-titled album in 1999 produced the hit track “Where My Girls At.”
Following their final album “Star” in 2003, 702 disbanded in 2006, embarking on an 11-year hiatus. Their music found its way into films such as “Little Stuart” and “Good Burger.”
The girl group received nominations for prestigious awards, including an American Music Award, a BET Award, and multiple Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.
Irish Grinstead’s untimely passing marks the end of an era for fans of 702, as they reflect on the group’s contributions to the world of R&B music.